hearing, developmental biology, cell & molecular biology, genetics & genomics
Kathy Matthews, <em>Drosophila</em> Geneticist, Dies
Kathy Matthews, Drosophila Geneticist, Dies
Kerry Grens | Mar 20, 2018
For decades, Matthews led two important repositories for fruit fly research: the Bloomington Drosophila Stock Center and FlyBase.  
Image of the Day: Nuclear Pore Complex
Image of the Day: Nuclear Pore Complex
The Scientist Staff | Mar 20, 2018
The structure has a stress-resilient architecture reminiscent of suspension bridges.
Opinion: No, FDA Didn’t Really Approve 23andMe’s <em>BRCA</em> Test
Opinion: No, FDA Didn’t Really Approve 23andMe’s BRCA Test
Cecile Janssens | Mar 19, 2018
Rather, the breast cancer mutation screen was classified as a type of medical device with obligations for the company to reduce risks to customers.
Louise Slaughter, Scientist and Congresswoman, Dies
Louise Slaughter, Scientist and Congresswoman, Dies
Kerry Grens | Mar 19, 2018
Trained in microbiology, Slaughter championed science, women’s health, and consumer protections as a member of the US House of Representatives.
Image of the Day: Puzzle Plants
Image of the Day: Puzzle Plants
The Scientist Staff | Mar 19, 2018
The jigsaw-shape cells found in the epidermis of many plants may serve to reduce mechanical stress on cell walls.
Monitoring Mutations with Microfluidics
Monitoring Mutations with Microfluidics
Ruth Williams | Mar 15, 2018
A device dubbed the “mother machine” enables real-time observation of mutagenesis in single bacterial cells.  
Image of the Day: Bat Attack!
Image of the Day: Bat Attack!
The Scientist Staff | Mar 15, 2018
Barbastelle bats trick moths with muffled echolocation calls.
New Genetic Stroke-Risk Factors Identified
New Genetic Stroke-Risk Factors Identified
Catherine Offord | Mar 13, 2018
Analysis of DNA samples from more than 520,000 people brings the number of known stroke-risk loci to 32. 
John Sulston, Human Genome Project Leader, Dies
John Sulston, Human Genome Project Leader, Dies
Kerry Grens | Mar 12, 2018
The biologist earned a Nobel Prize in 2002 for his work on C. elegans.
First Direct-to-Consumer BRCA Test Authorized by FDA
First Direct-to-Consumer BRCA Test Authorized by FDA
Kerry Grens | Mar 6, 2018
The agency gave personal genomics company 23andMe the green light to screen samples for breast cancer–related genetic mutations.