rare diseases, cell & molecular biology, developmental biology
Hearing Discrepancy Probed
Hearing Discrepancy Probed
Amanda B. Keener | Sep 1, 2015
Common in vitro experiments have distorted the true mechanics of mammalian hair cell stereocilia.
Inner Ear Undertakers
Inner Ear Undertakers
Kerry Grens | Sep 1, 2015
Support cells in the inner ear respond differently to two drugs that kill hair cells.
The Regenerators
The Regenerators
Amanda B. Keener | Sep 1, 2015
A molecular signature makes it possible to trace the details of hair cell replacement in the mammalian inner ear.
Whaling Specimens, 1930s
Whaling Specimens, 1930s
Amanda B. Keener | Sep 1, 2015
Fetal specimens collected by commercial whalers offer insights into how whales may have evolved their specialized hearing organs.
Inner Ear Cartography
Inner Ear Cartography
Ruth Williams | Sep 1, 2015
Scientists map the position of cells within the organ of Corti.
Q&A: Placental Ponderings
Q&A: Placental Ponderings
Christopher Coe | Aug 27, 2015
Biologist Christopher Coe answers readers’ questions about the prescient organ.
Irisin Redeemed
Irisin Redeemed
Anna Azvolinsky | Aug 13, 2015
Researchers who first identified irisin quantitate levels of the hormone in human blood and show it is released during exercise.  
A Case of Sexual Ambiguity, 1865
A Case of Sexual Ambiguity, 1865
Amanda B. Keener | Aug 1, 2015
This year marks the 150th anniversary of an autopsy report describing the first known case of a sexual development disorder.
Messages in the Noise
Messages in the Noise
Sarah C.P. Williams | Aug 1, 2015
After spending more than a decade developing tools to study patterns in gene sequences, bioinformaticians are now working on programs to analyze epigenomics data.
Book Excerpt from <em>Life on the Edge</em>
Book Excerpt from Life on the Edge
Johnjoe McFadden and Jim Al-Khalili | Aug 1, 2015
In Chapter 4, “The quantum beat,” authors Johnjoe McFadden and Jim Al-Khalili rethink Newton’s apple from a quantum-biological perspective.