microscope, cell & molecular biology
Evolving Pain Resistance
Evolving Pain Resistance
Jef Akst | Oct 24, 2013
Grasshopper mice harbor mutations in a pain-transmitting sodium channel that allow them to prey on highly toxic bark scorpions.
FDA Considers Three-Parent IVF
FDA Considers Three-Parent IVF
Jef Akst | Oct 17, 2013
The US regulatory agency will meet next week to discuss whether to allow human trials of a technique that combines the genetic information of three adults.
Fighting Viruses with RNAi
Fighting Viruses with RNAi
Ruth Williams | Oct 10, 2013
The long-debated issue of whether mammals can use RNA interference as an antiviral defense mechanism is finally put to rest.
Mislabeled Microbes Cause Two Retractions
Mislabeled Microbes Cause Two Retractions
Ed Yong | Oct 10, 2013
Two papers on plant immunity have been retracted, and questions remain about others with similar results. 
New Organelle: The Tannosome
New Organelle: The Tannosome
Kerry Grens | Sep 23, 2013
Researchers identify a structure in plants responsible for the production of tannins.
Inducing Pluripotency Every Time
Inducing Pluripotency Every Time
Ed Yong | Sep 18, 2013
By removing a single gene, adult cells can be reprogrammed into a stem-like state with nearly 100 percent efficiency.
Out of Sync
Out of Sync
Kerry Grens | Sep 1, 2013
Why eating at the wrong times is tied to such profound and negative effects on our bodies
Mind the Clock
Mind the Clock
Kerry Grens | Sep 1, 2013
Many of the body's tissues can tell time, and these peripheral clocks can be influenced by environmental cues, such as the timing of food consumption.
Eat Less and Live Longer?
Eat Less and Live Longer?
Debamita Chatterjee | Aug 13, 2013
Mice on a low-calorie diet harbor a distinct population of gut microorganisms that helps prolong life.
Sketching out Cell Theory, circa 1837
Sketching out Cell Theory, circa 1837
Kate Yandell | Aug 1, 2013
How a dinner-table conversation between two biologists led to the formulation of the theory that cells are the building blocks of all living organisms.