molecular biology
Capsule Reviews
Capsule Reviews
Annie Gottlieb & Bob Grant | Jan 1, 2013
Life's Ratchet, The Annotated and Illustrated Double Helix, The Fractalist and Hallucinations
Real-time Outbreak Sequencing
Real-time Outbreak Sequencing
Dan Cossins | Dec 19, 2012
Sequencing the whole genomes of bacterial pathogens as they spread among hospital patients and health care workers could transform the control of infectious disease.
New Biological Pacemaker
New Biological Pacemaker
Dan Cossins | Dec 18, 2012
In guinea pigs, the insertion of a single gene can transform ordinary heart cells into pacemaker cells that regulate cardiac rhythm.
Conserved Chromatin?
Conserved Chromatin?
Ed Yong | Dec 10, 2012
Archaea packages DNA around histones in a similar way to eukaryotes, suggesting that fitting a large genome into a small space was not the original role of chromatin.
Virus Monopolizes Host’s Repairmen
Virus Monopolizes Host’s Repairmen
Ed Yong | Nov 29, 2012
Human cytomegalovirus fixes its broken DNA by exclusively co-opting its host’s repair proteins.
Detecting Biothreats, Faster and Cheaper
Detecting Biothreats, Faster and Cheaper
Ed Yong | Nov 5, 2012
A new technique simplifies and accelerates the development of tests for identifying potential biological weapons.
Evolving Dependence
Ruth Williams | Sep 27, 2012
Scientists unravel the confusing molecular biology behind a fruit fly’s reliance on a single type of cactus.
Taking the Long View
Karen Hopkin | Sep 1, 2012
In exploring how embryos take shape, John Wallingford has identified a key pathway involved in vertebrate development—and human disease.