Drosophila, neuroscience, developmental biology, cell & molecular biology
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.
Rats Don't Map Altitude
Jef Akst | Aug 8, 2011
Rat neurons only weakly respond as the animals climbed upwards, suggesting the brain's map of the environment doesn't account for altitude.
Lab-Grown Sperm
Cristina Luiggi | Aug 4, 2011
Healthy mice are born from germ cell precursors grown in vitro.
How Vampire Bats Find Veins
Jessica P. Johnson | Aug 4, 2011
Heat-sensing protein channels in vampire bats allow the flying mammals to find the best place to sink their teeth into their prey.
Baruj Benacerraf Dies
Edyta Zielinska | Aug 3, 2011
The Nobel Prize winner who discovered the gene that encodes the major histocompatibility complex passes away at age 90.
Hungry Neurons = Hungry Person
Katherine Bagley | Aug 2, 2011
Starving brain cells can stimulate hunger through a common cannibalistic act, possibly explaining why some dieters can’t resist temptation.
Estrogenā€™s New Role
Jessica P. Johnson | Aug 2, 2011
The well-studied hormone functions as a neurotransmitter in the brains of zebra finches.
Helpful Bacterial Metabolites
Helpful Bacterial Metabolites
Michelle G. Rooks and Wendy S. Garrett | Aug 1, 2011
While gut microbiota appear to have both positive and negative impacts on our  health, in the guts of healthy, lean individuals, the good outweighs the bad.  
The Right Sort
Richard P. Grant | Aug 1, 2011
Isolating specific cell types from a mass of plant or animal tissue is laborious and tricky. 
The Right Sort
Richard P. Grant | Aug 1, 2011
Using the strongest molecular binding partnership in biology to separate different cell types.