immunology, culture, neuroscience, genetics & genomics, ecology
OPSINS: Tools of the trade
OPSINS: Tools of the trade
Edward S. Boyden | Jul 1, 2011
The optogenetic toolset is composed of genetically encoded molecules that, when targeted to specific neurons in the brain, enable the electrical activity of those neurons to be driven or silenced by light. 
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Cristina Luiggi | Jul 1, 2011
Eleanor Simpson on how dopamine helps rats learn and may lead humans to addiction.
C-ing with the Lights Out
Richard P. Grant | Jul 1, 2011
I the dark Arctic shallows one research finds heterotrophic marine bacteria doing a surprising amount of carbon fixing.
Thymus Finder
Richard P. Grant | Jul 1, 2011
Editor’s Choice in Immunology
Capsule Reviews
Richard P. Grant | Jul 1, 2011
Solar, The Dark X, The Sky's Dark Labyrinth, Spiral
A Scar Nobly Got
Michael Willrich | Jul 1, 2011
The story of the US government’s efforts to stamp out smallpox in the early 20th century offers insights into the science and practice of mass vaccination.
Optogenetics: A Light Switch for Neurons
Edward S. Boyden | Jul 1, 2011
This animation illustrates optogenetics—a radical new technology for controlling brain activity with light. 
Best in Academia, 2011
The Scientist Staff | Jul 1, 2011
Meet some of the finalists of this year's Best Places to Work in Academia survey. 
Book excerpt from Pox: An American History
Michael Willrich | Jul 1, 2011
In Chapter 5, "The Stable and the Laboratory," author Michael Willrich explores the burgeoning vaccine manufacture industry that ramped up to combat smallpox epidemics in turn-of-the-twentieth-century American cities.
Speaking of Science
N/A | Jul 1, 2011
July 2011's selection of notable quotes