cell & molecular biology, culture
Smoke Detectors
Smoke Detectors
Kate Yandell | Aug 1, 2013
Ancient receptors in seeds bind a small molecule in smoke that promotes germination.
Speaking of Science
Speaking of Science
The Scientist Staff | Aug 1, 2013
August 2013's selection of notable quotes
Week in Review, July 22–26
Week in Review, July 22–26
Jef Akst | Jul 26, 2013
Faux stem cells; X chromosome involved in sperm production; rewarding peer review; clues to flatworm regeneration; an ethereal glow signals death
A Wild Stem Cell Chase
A Wild Stem Cell Chase
Signe Cane | Jul 24, 2013
A rigorous new study provides strong evidence that very small embryonic-like stem cells hypothesized to be found in mice and humans do not exist.
Dying Worms Emit Ethereal Glow
Dying Worms Emit Ethereal Glow
Ruth Williams | Jul 24, 2013
A head-to-tail wave of blue fluorescence signals the death of a nematode worm.
A Fly on the Wall
A Fly on the Wall
Dan Cossins | Jul 19, 2013
A geneticist-turned-filmmaker is making a movie set in Columbia University’s famous Fly Room, where the foundations for modern genetics were laid.
Gene Therapy Coming of Age?
Gene Therapy Coming of Age?
Dan Cossins | Jul 11, 2013
Using lentiviral vectors to replace mutated genes in blood stem cells, scientists successfully treat two rare diseases apparently without causing harmful side effects.
The Downside of Antibiotics?
The Downside of Antibiotics?
Ruth Williams | Jul 3, 2013
Bacteria-killing antibiotics might also damage a person’s tissues.
Temperature-Sensing Fat Cells
Temperature-Sensing Fat Cells
Dan Cossins | Jul 1, 2013
Researchers discover that unlike brown fat cells, white fat cells can directly sense cooling temperatures to switch on genes that control heat production.
Book Excerpt from <em>How We Do It: The Evolution and Future of Human Reproduction</em>
Book Excerpt from How We Do It: The Evolution and Future of Human Reproduction
Robert Martin | Jul 1, 2013
In Chapter 3, “From Mating to Conception,” author Robert Martin explores the question of why humans and other primates frequently engage in sexual intercourse when females are not fertile.