bioethics, culture, developmental biology
CRISPR Used in Human Embryos to Probe Gene Function
CRISPR Used in Human Embryos to Probe Gene Function
Ashley P. Taylor | Sep 20, 2017
OCT4 is necessary for blastocyst formation in the human embryo, researchers report.
Sea Anemones Illuminate the Evolution of Embryo Development
Sea Anemones Illuminate the Evolution of Embryo Development
Abby Olena | Sep 11, 2017
A study of a simple marine animal suggests that the common ancestor of cnidarians and bilaterians may have had three germ layers instead of two.
Scientists Fear DACA Cancellation
Scientists Fear DACA Cancellation
Jef Akst, Shawna Williams | Sep 4, 2017
Some researchers are at risk of job loss and even deportation if Trump decides to end a program that allows undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children to obtain work permits. 
Baby on Board
Baby on Board
Kerry Grens | Sep 1, 2017
Many scientific conferences offer child care options that allow researchers to bring their families along for the trip.
Right-to-Try Bill Passes the Senate
Right-to-Try Bill Passes the Senate
Catherine Offord | Aug 4, 2017
The legislation removes restrictions for seriously ill patients to access experimental treatments that have not received FDA approval.
Identifying Predatory Publishers
Identifying Predatory Publishers
Tracy Vence | Jul 17, 2017
How to tell reputable journals from shady ones
Bacteriophages to the Rescue
Bacteriophages to the Rescue
Emily Monosson | Jul 17, 2017
Phage therapy is but one example of using biological entities to reduce our reliance on antibiotics and other failing chemical solutions.
Book Excerpt from <em>Natural Defense</em>
Book Excerpt from Natural Defense
Emily Monosson | Jul 16, 2017
In Chapter 3, “The Enemy of Our Enemy Is Our Friend: Infecting the Infection,” author Emily Monosson makes the case for bacteriophage therapy in the treatment of infectious disease.
Bioethicist and Law Professor Dies
Bioethicist and Law Professor Dies
Kerry Grens | Jul 6, 2017
John Robertson was known for his contributions to reproductive medicine ethics and for solidifying the scholarly connection between biomedicine and law.
Snake Sex Determination Dogma Overturned
Snake Sex Determination Dogma Overturned
Abby Olena | Jul 6, 2017
Researchers find that boas and pythons use an XY sex chromosome system, rather than the previously assumed ZW system found in some other snakes.