history, developmental biology
Fantastical Fish, circa 1719
Fantastical Fish, circa 1719
Abby Olena | Jan 1, 2014
A collection of colorful drawings compiled by publisher Louis Renard sheds light on eighteenth-century science.
Renard's Menagerie
Renard's Menagerie
Abby Olena | Jan 1, 2014
Some of the fantastical marine life depicted in a rare, 18th-century book
Protein Sequencing Disputes Linnaeus
Protein Sequencing Disputes Linnaeus
Jef Akst | Nov 6, 2013
Comparing the proteins of a 300-year-old pickled elephant fetus with modern sequence data challenges Carl Linnaeus’s decision to assign it as the Asian elephant type specimen.
The Neuron Doctrine, circa 1894
The Neuron Doctrine, circa 1894
Chris Palmer | Nov 1, 2013
Santiago Ramón y Cajal used a staining technique developed by Camillo Golgi to formulate the idea that the neuron is the basic unit of the nervous system.
Chance and Necessity
Chance and Necessity
Sean B. Carroll | Nov 1, 2013
War and justice brought together two of the greatest minds of the 20th century, a scientist and a writer.
Thomas Gregor: Biological Quantifier
Thomas Gregor: Biological Quantifier
Anna Azvolinsky | Nov 1, 2013
Assistant Professor, Physics, Princeton University. Age: 39
Ye Old Parasites
Ye Old Parasites
Chris Palmer | Nov 1, 2013
Evidence of early-13th-century intestinal worms found in a medieval castle latrine yields clues about the lives and deaths of crusaders.
Book Excerpt from <em>Brave Genius</em>
Book Excerpt from Brave Genius
Sean B. Carroll | Nov 1, 2013
In Chapter 20, “On the Same Path,” author Sean Carroll describes the initial meeting between Nobel Laureates Jacques Monod and Albert Camus.
About Face
About Face
Abby Olena | Oct 25, 2013
Researchers show that genetic enhancer elements likely contribute to face shape in mice.
The Leprosy Bacillus, circa 1873
The Leprosy Bacillus, circa 1873
Kate Yandell | Oct 1, 2013
A scientist’s desperate attempts to prove that Mycobacterium leprae causes leprosy landed him on trial, but his insights into the disease’s pathology were eventually vindicated.