genetics, ecology, developmental biology
Prescription Drug Pollutants
Cristina Luiggi | Nov 7, 2011
Are pharmaceuticals in the environment affecting human health?
Pioneers Make More Babies
Jef Akst | Nov 7, 2011
Women of the French families that colonized Canada in the 17th and 18th centuries had more children and grandchildren than late comers to the region.
Ladybug Zombies
Cristina Luiggi | Oct 31, 2011
Wasps inject their larvae into ladybug abdomens, where they feast on the bugs’ insides.
Deadly Bat Fungus Nailed Down
Bob Grant | Oct 26, 2011
Scientists have made a definitive link between a recently-discovered fungus and a lethal disease wiping out bat populations in eastern North America.
Mom's Blood Reveals Baby's Down Syndrome
Jef Akst | Oct 25, 2011
Last week researchers released the first non-invasive prenatal test for Down syndrome, and more such tests are expected in the coming months.
Orangutans Have Culture
Bob Grant | Oct 25, 2011
A study shows that different populations of the Southeast Asian ape display and transmit specific behaviors through generations in a way similar to human cultures.
Behavior Brief
Jef Akst | Oct 17, 2011
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
Climate-Shaped Arabidopsis Genome
Kerry Grens | Oct 6, 2011
Two genome-wide studies, backed up by field experiments, identify SNPs that correlate with Arabidopsis fitness in various climates.
Omics
Stephen Friend, Megan Scudellari | Oct 1, 2011
Early sequencing evolved into the publication of genomes for myriad species, including our own, within the span of two and a half decades. Bioinformatician Stephen Friend opines on what's in store as the next quarter century of omics takes shape.
Designing Genetic Circuits
Designing Genetic Circuits
Jef Akst | Oct 1, 2011
Near the turn of the millennium, James Collins and Stanislas Leibler independently undertook rather similar projects: design what would become synthetic biology’s seminal genetic circuits. And they came up with strikingly similar action plans.