disease & medicine, cell & molecular biology, evolution, genetics & genomics
Opinion: Constrain Speculation to Protect the Integrity of Science
Opinion: Constrain Speculation to Protect the Integrity of Science
Mike Klymkowsky | Jun 18, 2018
What we can know about biology before the last universal common ancestor is limited—and we should be circumspect in filling in the gaps.
Probiotics Prevent Cholera in Animal Models
Probiotics Prevent Cholera in Animal Models
Ruth Williams | Jun 13, 2018
Two different types of bacteria—one genetically engineered and one from cheese—defend animal intestines from Vibrio cholerae infection.  
This Flu Season Killed 172 Kids
This Flu Season Killed 172 Kids
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 11, 2018
Vaccination reduced the risk of death by two-thirds for children with no other health problems.  
CRISPR Efficiency Tied to Cancer-Causing Process
CRISPR Efficiency Tied to Cancer-Causing Process
Kerry Grens | Jun 11, 2018
Two studies find the genome-editing technique works best when cells have a faulty DNA-damage response that’s frequently present in cancers.  
Organic Compounds Found in Martian Soil
Organic Compounds Found in Martian Soil
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 11, 2018
Researchers also found seasonal variations in atmospheric methane on the planet that may have a geological or biological origin.  
Image of the Day: Hirsute and How
Image of the Day: Hirsute and How
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 11, 2018
A newly described species of shrimp, Odontonia bagginsi, has been named after Bilbo Baggins. 
“Public” T-Cell Receptors From Resistant People Fend Off HIV
“Public” T-Cell Receptors From Resistant People Fend Off HIV
Shawna Williams | Jun 8, 2018
The receptors, found in so-called elite controllers who don’t need medications to keep the virus in check, suggest a new path toward immunotherapy.
Image of the Day: Older and Wiser
Image of the Day: Older and Wiser
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 8, 2018
As the years go by, seabirds such as gannets get better at foraging.  
Blood Test Predicts Pregnancy Due Date
Blood Test Predicts Pregnancy Due Date
Kerry Grens | Jun 7, 2018
A small study based on circulating RNA in the blood of moms-to-be describes a technique that could be used to help predict who’s most at risk of preterm labor.
Nobel-Winning Biochemist Paul Boyer Dies
Nobel-Winning Biochemist Paul Boyer Dies
Shawna Williams | Jun 7, 2018
The UCLA researcher was lauded for figuring out how ATP synthase works.