biological anthropology, evolution, microbiology
Book excerpt from The Wild Life of Our Bodies
Rob Dunn | Jun 4, 2011
In Chapter 9, "We Were Hunted, Which is Why All of Us are Afraid Some of the Time and Some of Us are Afraid All of the Time," author Rob Dunn explains how predators shaped our evolution as we cowered and ran from their ravenous maws.
One-Man NIH, 1887
Cristina Luiggi | Jun 4, 2011
As epidemics swept across the United States in the 19th century, the US government recognized the pressing need for a national lab dedicated to the study of infectious disease. 
Arsenic-based life debate continues
Jessica P. Johnson | Jun 3, 2011
More than a dozen researchers voice their concerns about a 2010 paper that claims bacteria can use arsenic in place of phosphorus in its DNA and other biomolecules, such as proteins.
The Gravity of Life
Rob Dunn | Jun 1, 2011
Whose well-being is threatened by our changing relationship with the myriad organisms that shaped the evolution of our species?
The Last Vaccine Frontier
Brad Spellberg | Jun 1, 2011
Successful vaccines have been created to protect against pathogenic bacteria and viruses. Why aren’t there any for combating fungal infections?
2010's best new species
Bob Grant | May 26, 2011
This Monday (May 23), which happens to be the birthday of famed naturalist and species namer extraordinaire Carolus Linnaeus, researchers at Arizona State University listed their picks of the top 10 newly-described species of 2010. 
Speaking of Science
N/A | May 26, 2011
May 2011's selection of notable quotes
Lessons from the marine census
Cristina Luiggi | May 19, 2011
Now that the ten-year effort to take stock of the diversity of life in the oceans came to a triumphant end late last year, researchers involved in the Census for Marine Life are reflecting on the project's shortcomings.
Early freshwater life
Cristina Luiggi | May 19, 2011
Tiny fossil tracks embedded in a California rock formation that was once part of an ancient river may be evidence that freshwater ecosystems arose around 100 million years earlier than what is generally believed.
Gays have higher cancer risk?
Jef Akst | May 14, 2011
Gay men are nearly twice as likely to report that they've had cancer as heterosexual men, according to a US health survey published in Cancer.