genetics & genomics, microbiology
Charting the Course
Jeffrey M. Perkel | Oct 1, 2011
Three gene jockeys share their thoughts on past and future tools of the trade.
Newly Discovered Species
Newly Discovered Species
N/A | Oct 1, 2011
Life on Earth is mind-bogglingly diverse with estimates of the number of existing species in the tens of millions. Over the last 4 billion years, many species have gone extinct; and because of the actions of humans, many existing species are now endangered.
Data Deluge
Megan Scudellari | Oct 1, 2011
Large-scale data collection and analysis have fundamentally altered the process and mind-set of biological research.
Marauding Moths
Jessica P. Johnson | Oct 1, 2011
Dried plant specimens reveal the origin of an insect pest that has spread throughout Europe.
Tinkering With Life
Jef Akst | Oct 1, 2011
A decade’s worth of engineering-infused biology
Synthetic Biology
J. Craig Venter, George M. Church, Jef Akst | Oct 1, 2011
Learn about the field’s first genetic circuits and read forecasts by George M. Church and J. Craig Venter of a future where man-made organisms pump out novel fuels, drugs, and therapies.
Seven New National Medal Winners
Bob Grant | Sep 29, 2011
A handful of life science researchers will take home the United States' top science honor.
More Thoughts on Humanized Animals
Jef Akst | Sep 27, 2011
A German ethics council weighs in on the discussion about the use of human-animal chimeras in research.
Top 7 in Microbiology
Edyta Zielinska | Sep 26, 2011
A snapshot of the most highly ranked articles in microbiology and related areas, from Faculty of 1000
Biodiversity, Quick and Dirty
Bob Grant | Sep 26, 2011
Researchers find that sampling DNA from the soil can be an effective way to determine how many individuals of a variety of species inhabit a particular area.