germ cells, culture, neuroscience, immunology
The rhythm of biology
Bob Grant | Jun 4, 2011
An art exhibit in New York City explores the science behind our reaction to sounds and sensations.
The Anatomy of a High
The Anatomy of a High
Thomas Kosten | Jun 3, 2011
When someone snorts or smokes cocaine, which is composed of small crystalline alkaloid molecules, the drug enters the bloodstream and from there eventually crosses into the heart, brain, and other organs. 
Part Human, Part HIV
Part Human, Part HIV
Gene M. Shearer and Adriano Boasso | Jun 3, 2011
Like other enveloped viruses, HIV exits its host cell enshrouded in the cell’s membrane, which contains membrane molecules such as the human leukocyte antigens (HLA). 
Dominique Bergmann: Probing Plant Pores
Jef Akst | Jun 3, 2011
Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Stanford University. Age: 41
Capsule Reviews
Richard P. Grant | Jun 1, 2011
In The Evolutionary World, Vermeij takes on the skeptics—both those with valid questions and those with irrational ones—and shows how the struggle for existence leads to variety and creativity.
The Gravity of Life
Rob Dunn | Jun 1, 2011
Whose well-being is threatened by our changing relationship with the myriad organisms that shaped the evolution of our species?
Vaccines
Robin A. Weiss and Peter Hale | Jun 1, 2011
Looking back, looking ahead
The Last Vaccine Frontier
Brad Spellberg | Jun 1, 2011
Successful vaccines have been created to protect against pathogenic bacteria and viruses. Why aren’t there any for combating fungal infections?
Recognizing the Human Potential
Gene M. Shearer and Adriano Boasso | Jun 1, 2011
It may be time to reconsider an AIDS vaccine which is more human than viral, triggering the immune system in a way that no other vaccine does.
Shooting Down Addiction
Thomas Kosten | Jun 1, 2011
A new breed of vaccines aims to wean users off cocaine.