mathematical model, neuroscience, genetics & genomics
Tinkering With Life
Jef Akst | Oct 1, 2011
A decade’s worth of engineering-infused biology
Kandel on Neuroscience
Kandel on Neuroscience
Edyta Zielinska | Oct 1, 2011
Eric Kandel, winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine for his work on signal transduction in the nervous system, chats about the ever-changing field of neuroscience, funding, his students, and what he hopes science will accomplish.
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.
Seven New National Medal Winners
Bob Grant | Sep 29, 2011
A handful of life science researchers will take home the United States' top science honor.
Animal Electricity, circa 1781
Jessica P. Johnson | Sep 28, 2011
How an Italian scientist doing Frankenstein-like experiments on dead frogs discovered that the body is powered by electrical impulses.
More Thoughts on Humanized Animals
Jef Akst | Sep 27, 2011
A German ethics council weighs in on the discussion about the use of human-animal chimeras in research.
Biodiversity, Quick and Dirty
Bob Grant | Sep 26, 2011
Researchers find that sampling DNA from the soil can be an effective way to determine how many individuals of a variety of species inhabit a particular area.
Sexually Confused Dog
Jef Akst | Sep 23, 2011
A female bulldog with testicles but no SRY gene considered scientific anomaly.
Next Generation: Neuronal Monkey Bars
Kerry Grens | Sep 23, 2011
Three-dimensional scaffolds for growing and guiding neurons are getting smaller and more tailored in design.
Five Life-Science MacArthur Winners
Edyta Zielinska | Sep 22, 2011
This year’s winners research topics ranging from stem cell regulation to brain damage from football injuries.