Lamarck, developmental biology, cell & molecular biology, ecology
Beyond Nature vs. Nurture
Darlene Francis and Daniela Kaufer | Oct 1, 2011
Researchers studying differences in how individuals respond to stress are finding that genes are malleable and environments can be deterministic.
Conserving Our Shared Heritage
Thomas E. Lovejoy | Oct 1, 2011
Reversing catastrophic threats to our planet’s biodiversity is not optional: our lives depend on it.
Book Excerpt from Future Science: Essays From the Cutting Edge
Darlene Francis and Daniela Kaufer | Oct 1, 2011
In an essay entitled "Nurture, Nature, and the Stress That is Life," neurobiologists Darlene Francis and Daniela Kaufer envision a future where science moves past the nature vs. nurture debate in considering differences in human behavioral responses to stress.
Traffic Cops
Jessica P. Johnson | Oct 1, 2011
Editor's Choice in Cell Biology
Interview: Speaking of Memory
Edyta Zielinska | Oct 1, 2011
Considered a renegade by his peers, Nobel Prize-winner Eric Kandel used a simple model to probe the neural circuitry of memory.
Marauding Moths
Jessica P. Johnson | Oct 1, 2011
Dried plant specimens reveal the origin of an insect pest that has spread throughout Europe.
Tinkering With Life
Jef Akst | Oct 1, 2011
A decade’s worth of engineering-infused biology
Synthetic Biology
J. Craig Venter, George M. Church, Jef Akst | Oct 1, 2011
Learn about the field’s first genetic circuits and read forecasts by George M. Church and J. Craig Venter of a future where man-made organisms pump out novel fuels, drugs, and therapies.
Biodiversity
Thomas E. Lovejoy | Oct 1, 2011
Ecosystems are failing and extinction rates are soaring. Thomas E. Lovejoy and Edward O. Wilson weigh in on why cataloging existing species, discovering new ones, and maintaining a balanced and diverse global ecosystem are critical for ensuring a habitable environment for all.
Missegregation Linked to DNA Damage
Sabrina Richards | Sep 29, 2011
Researchers show that errors in chromosome segregation known to cause chromosome instability can also lead to gene translocations, insertions, or deletions.