histology, genetics & genomics, microbiology
Drought-tolerant corn trials underwater
Bob Grant | May 26, 2011
Agribusiness giant Monsanto is finding out that it's difficult to conduct field trials of drought-resistant corn when it won't stop raining. The company hopes to launch a new line of corn seed that's been genetically engineered to thrive in drough conditions by 2013.
Your gut online
Bob Grant | May 26, 2011
Sequences from a US government-funded program to paint a genomic picture of the human gut's complex ecosystem are going public for the first time since the effort started in 2008. Researchers sequenced thousands of samples taken from 300 healthy v
Speaking of Science
N/A | May 26, 2011
May 2011's selection of notable quotes
Lasers of a feather light better
Jef Akst | May 14, 2011
Researchers have developed a new kind of laser that mimics some of the world's most beautiful birds, copying the nanoscale structure of their brightly colored feathers to capture light.
Gays have higher cancer risk?
Jef Akst | May 14, 2011
Gay men are nearly twice as likely to report that they've had cancer as heterosexual men, according to a US health survey published in Cancer.
Billion dollar babies of the human genome
Jef Akst | May 14, 2011
The Human Genome Project has generated nearly $800 billion in economic output and hundreds of thousands of jobs in genomics and related industries.
Micro Farmers
Cristina Luiggi | May 1, 2011
Columbia University evolutionary ecologist Dustin Rubenstein explains just why it's so interesting and important to find slime molds that engage in a form of agriculture.
Lobster-Pot Science
Richard P. Grant | May 1, 2011
Building tiny houses to study how bacteria behave in natural environments
Wrestling with Recurrent Infections
Wrestling with Recurrent Infections
Gayatri Vedantam and Glenn S. Tillotson | May 1, 2011
Clostridium difficile is evolving more robust toxicity, repeatedly attacking its victims, and driving the search for alternative therapies to fight the infection.
Micro Farmers
Cristina Luiggi | May 1, 2011
Dustin Rubenstein discusses how the discovery of amoebas that farm their own food links the development of agriculture with the evolution of social behavior.