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First Micrographs of Myxobacteria Forming Fruiting Bodies
First Micrographs of Myxobacteria Forming Fruiting Bodies
Tracy Vence | Aug 1, 2016
By ditching traditional agar-based media, two biochemists captured iconic images of Myxococcus in 1982.
Fish Out of Water
Fish Out of Water
Bob Grant | Jun 7, 2016
A researcher documents electric eels jumping out of the water to shock potential threats, confirming a centuries-old anecdotal report of the behavior.
The Rabies Vaccine Backstory
The Rabies Vaccine Backstory
Catherine Offord | Jun 1, 2016
Louis Pasteur’s trepidation at injecting a child with the first rabies vaccine might have reflected his private knowledge of its lack of prior animal testing.
Picturing Inheritance, 1916
Picturing Inheritance, 1916
Amanda B. Keener | May 1, 2016
This year marks the centennial of Calvin Bridges’s description of nondisjunction as proof that chromosomes are vehicles for inheritance.
Fighting Cancer with Infection, 1891
Fighting Cancer with Infection, 1891
Catherine Offord | Apr 1, 2016
Now hailed as the father of immunotherapy, William Coley pioneered extraordinary methods to treat cancer.
Origins of Dysentery
Origins of Dysentery
Bob Grant | Mar 22, 2016
A new genomic analysis reveals that the pathogen responsible for the gastrointestinal disease likely originated in Europe and hitched a ride to new lands with settlers.
Cave Dwellers, 1938
Cave Dwellers, 1938
Anna Azvolinsky | Mar 1, 2016
Renowned sleep researcher Nathaniel Kleitman and a colleague spent a month underground to test the body’s natural rhythms.
Mendel in the Hot Seat, 1902
Mendel in the Hot Seat, 1902
Karen Zusi | Feb 1, 2016
Raphael Weldon’s critiques of Mendelian principles were 100 years ahead of his time.
A Century of Science on Stamps
A Century of Science on Stamps
Karen Zusi | Jan 1, 2016
Countries have used postage stamps to commemorate scientific achievements—sometimes with erroneous zeal—since the early 1900s.
Capsule Reviews
Capsule Reviews
Bob Grant | Dec 1, 2015
Welcome to the Microbiome, The Paradox of Evolution, Newton's Apple, and Dawn of the Neuron.