genome, cell & molecular biology, genetics & genomics, ecology
Skipping Pluripotency
Jef Akst | Sep 14, 2011
Researchers are developing ways to convert mature somatic cells from one cell type to another, avoiding the tumor-causing pluripotent stage associated with stem cells.
Mouse Genomes Catalogued
Sabrina Richards | Sep 14, 2011
Researchers have sequenced the genomes of 17 different mouse strains, boosting research into the genetic basis of phenotypic variation, disease, and evolution.
Fluorescent Cats Aid Research
Fluorescent Cats Aid Research
Rachel Nuwer | Sep 13, 2011
Tiny, adorable and…green? Glowing kittens may answer questions about neurobiology and disease.
Obscure Organelle in Stem Cells and Cancer
Kerry Grens | Sep 11, 2011
Cellular structures known as midbodies, formed during cell division, appear to accumulate in stem cells and cancer cells, hinting at a potential function for these once-disregarded organelles.
Get Your Gut Sequenced
Jef Akst | Sep 8, 2011
A new non-profit endeavor is calling for people to get their gut bacteria sequenced for the sake of science.
Top 7 in Ecology
Bob Grant | Sep 8, 2011
A snapshot of the most highly ranked articles in ecology, from Faculty of 1000
Opinion: The Invasive Ideology
Matthew K. Chew and Scott P. Carroll | Sep 7, 2011
Biologists and conservationists are too eager to demonize non-native species.
Bacteria Clean Up
Jef Akst | Sep 7, 2011
Hair-like extensions on microbes that remove uranium and other metals from contaminated groundwater could one day help clean up after radiation spills.
Genetics Paper Retracted
Jessica P. Johnson | Sep 2, 2011
Due to statistical errors, a Science paper claiming that mutation is responsible for genetic variation is retracted.
Next Generation: Cellular Nanothermometer
Kerry Grens | Sep 2, 2011
Quantum dots, typically used in imaging, also relay temperature changes within a cell.