prison, microbiology, culture
Week in Review, July 15–19
Week in Review, July 15–19
Jef Akst | Jul 19, 2013
Bias in preclinical research; medical marijuana for kids; a swath of microbial genomes; plastic ocean habitats; rethinking scientific evaluation
A Fly on the Wall
A Fly on the Wall
Dan Cossins | Jul 19, 2013
A geneticist-turned-filmmaker is making a movie set in Columbia University’s famous Fly Room, where the foundations for modern genetics were laid.
Microbial Diversity
Microbial Diversity
Ed Yong | Jul 14, 2013
By sequencing bacterial and archaeal genomes from single cells, scientists have filled in many uncharted branches of the tree of life.
Week in Review, July 8–12
Week in Review, July 8–12
Jef Akst | Jul 12, 2013
Editor accused of fraud leaves post; the good and the bad of gut microbiota; bacterial gene shuffle; legal restrictions hamper illicit drug research; antibodies and autism
Gut Microbes for Life
Gut Microbes for Life
Ed Yong | Jul 4, 2013
Most strains of gut microbes stay with us for decades, which may prove useful for tracking our health.
Foot Fungus Revealed
Foot Fungus Revealed
Bob Grant | Jul 2, 2013
A new study profiles the garden of fungal organism that grows on human feet.
Widening the Fertile Window
Widening the Fertile Window
Robert Martin | Jul 1, 2013
Women may be able to store viable sperm for longer than a week, thus contributing to apparent variability in pregnancy lengths.
Capsule Reviews
Capsule Reviews
Annie Gottlieb | Jul 1, 2013
Denial, Probably Approximately Correct, Permanent Present Tense, and Against Their Will
Book Excerpt from <em>How We Do It: The Evolution and Future of Human Reproduction</em>
Book Excerpt from How We Do It: The Evolution and Future of Human Reproduction
Robert Martin | Jul 1, 2013
In Chapter 3, “From Mating to Conception,” author Robert Martin explores the question of why humans and other primates frequently engage in sexual intercourse when females are not fertile.
Crowd Control
Crowd Control
Cristina Luiggi | Jul 1, 2013
Molecules, cells, or vertebrates—when individuals move and act as a single unit, surprisingly complex behaviors arise that hint at the origins of multicellularity.