autoimmune disease, microbiology, culture, evolution
Why Have Twins?
Jef Akst | Aug 11, 2011
Mothers more likely to have twins have heavier, healthier non-twin babies, possibly explaining why twinning evolved.
Arsenic-Based Life, Open to Critique
Edyta Zielinska | Aug 10, 2011
A researcher is repeating the controversial experiments that suggested a bacterium used arsenic rather than phosphorus in its DNA—with the world watching.
Turmoil at Brazilian Research Center
Jef Akst | Aug 9, 2011
More than 100 researchers have left a neuroscience institute in Brazil in the last couple of weeks, protesting managerial problems they say are thwarting their work.
Rewriting E. coli’s Genetic Code
Sabine Louët | Aug 5, 2011
Researchers use directed evolution to create a bacterial strain that substitutes a synthetic base for thymine.
UK Reforms Copyright Laws
Jef Akst | Aug 4, 2011
The United Kingdom is revamping its intellectual property laws for published research.
Science Education Shift
Megan Scudellari | Aug 3, 2011
A new educational framework swaps breadth of scientific disciplines for depth and emphasizes the process of science.
Anti-evolution Vandals?
Edyta Zielinska | Aug 1, 2011
Pro-evolution bumper stickers and emblems are being removed from the cars of biologists in Florida.
Book Excerpt from Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the All-Administrative University and Why it Matters
Benjamin Ginsberg | Aug 1, 2011
In Chapter 6, "Research and Teaching at the All-Administrative University," author Benjamin Ginsberg describes the perils of pursuing scholarship and teaching in the industrial environment of today's American institutions of higher learning.
Harmful Bacterial Metabolites
Harmful Bacterial Metabolites
Michelle G. Rooks and Wendy S. Garrett | Aug 1, 2011
Gut bacteria that feed on healthy food appear to amplify the nutritional benefits of those foods. However, they also appear to amplify the undesirable effects of unhealthy food. 
Faculty Fallout
Benjamin Ginsberg | Aug 1, 2011
Administrators have taken over US universities, and they’re steering institutions of higher learning away from the goal of serving as beacons of knowledge.