genetics & genomics, developmental biology, evolution
Snake Tales
Ruth Williams | Mar 1, 2012
An anthropologist and a herpetologist join forces to reveal the complex shared evolutionary and ecological history of pythons and primates.
New Mice on the Block
Megan Scudellari | Feb 29, 2012
After 10 years in development, a novel mouse population proves its mettle in complex trait research.
A Mammalian Longevity Gene?
Edyta Zielinska | Feb 23, 2012
Researchers find the first evidence that a sirtuin gene prolongs life in mice.
Long Live the Y
Megan Scudellari | Feb 22, 2012
Despite suggestions to the contrary, the Y chromosome is not necessarily rotting away.
How Tigers Get Their Stripes
Bob Grant | Feb 22, 2012
For the first time researchers have demonstrated the molecular tango that gives rise to repeating patterns in developing animal embryos.
Our Missing Genes
Sabrina Richards | Feb 17, 2012
New research suggests that the average person has about 20 genes with loss-of-function mutations—many more than previously suspected.
Boozing for Better Health
Megan Scudellari | Feb 16, 2012
Fruit flies consume alcohol to kill off parasites.
Opinion: What Is Life?
Edward N. Trifonov | Feb 16, 2012
Designing the simplest possible living organism artificially may lend clues as to what life is.
Darwin Day Celebrations
Edyta Zielinska | Feb 13, 2012
As institutions around the world start celebrations of Darwin Day, New York reveals a digitized catalog of Darwin’s scientific manuscripts.
Cell Change Up
Cristina Luiggi | Feb 9, 2012
Imaging cell cytoskeletons during early embryonic development leads researchers to uncover a new regulator of cell shape