genome, cell & molecular biology, evolution
Top 7 in Evolutionary Biology
Jef Akst | Aug 29, 2011
A snapshot of the most highly ranked articles in evolutionary biology, from Faculty of 1000
Humans Picked Up Ancestral Immunity
Kerry Grens | Aug 25, 2011
Modern immune systems harbor signs of interbreeding with ancient hominins.
86 Percent of Eukaryotes Undiscovered
Jef Akst | Aug 24, 2011
A new estimate of eukaryotic diversity suggests a total of 8.7 million species. So far, scientists have discovered only 1.2 million of them.
Beer Yeast Identified
Jef Akst | Aug 23, 2011
A new yeast species found in Patagonia appears to be the missing half of the long-used lager yeast.
New Oldest Fossils
Jef Akst | Aug 22, 2011
Fossils discovered in Australian rocks may be the remnants of three and a half billion-year-old microorganisms.
Bacteria Kamikazes
Bacteria Kamikazes
Kelly Rae Chi | Aug 16, 2011
Researchers design a synthetic bacterium that kills the infectious microbe Pseudomonas aeruginosa, sacrificing itself in the process.
How Caffeine Fights Cancer
Jef Akst | Aug 15, 2011
Caffeinated drinks may help prevent skin cancer by inhibiting a DNA repair pathway, thus killing potentially precancerous cells.
Designing Worm Proteins
Jef Akst | Aug 15, 2011
For the first time, researchers have engineered a multicellular organism that incorporates a synthetic amino acid into its proteins.
Oldest Known Wood
Jef Akst | Aug 12, 2011
Two newly described fossils suggest that wood is some 10 million years older than previous believed.
Cancer Researcher Fabricated Data
Jessica P. Johnson | Aug 11, 2011
Sheng Wang leaves the Boston University School of Medicine and agrees to retract two published studies.