Ten Minute Sabbatical
Ten Minute Sabbatical
Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.
Ten Minute Sabbatical
Ten Minute Sabbatical

Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.

Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.

research misconduct, cell & molecular biology, culture

Opinion: Anticipating the Next Pandemic
Debora MacKenzie | Jul 13, 2020
Our experience with COVID-19 has already shone a light on how (and how not) to address future outbreaks.
Luis Alvarez Aims to Heal Wounds with Tissue-Regenerating “Paint”
Shawna Williams | Jul 13, 2020
The bioactive coating tethers restorative proteins to implanted tissues and fosters new growth, animal studies suggest.
Blood Transplants from Active Mice Give Brain Boost to Others
Lisa Winter | Jul 12, 2020
The researchers behind the results propose that an exercise-induced protein in circulation is responsible for the benefits.
Gene Splicing Pioneer Dale Kaiser Dies
Ashley Yeager | Jun 29, 2020
Working with a virus that infects bacteria, the Stanford University biochemist and developmental biologist helped to develop a way to stitch DNA together, a discovery that gave rise to genetic engineering.
Could Statins Reduce the Severity of COVID-19?
Ashley Yeager | Jun 12, 2020
The cholesterol-lowering drugs quell inflammation and reverse endothelial tissue damage, hints that they might curb the body’s excessive immune response to SARS-CoV-2 infection.
Book Excerpt from Some Assembly Required
Neil Shubin | Jun 1, 2020
In the prologue to the book, author Neil Shubin sets the stage for discussing the iterative repurposing that marks several transformational developments throughout evolution.
SARS-CoV-2 Spike Protein Shares Sequence with a Human Protein
Abby Olena | Jun 1, 2020
Eight amino acids are identical to part of the human epithelial sodium channel, leading researchers to suspect the virus might interfere with the channel’s function.
Infographic: Synthetases and the Evolution of Circulatory Systems
Amber Dance | Jun 1, 2020
Aminoacyl tRNA synthetases picked up new protein domains that participate in vasculature formation around the same time that organisms evolved key adaptations in the circulatory system.
Gut Microbiome Composition Linked to Human Behavior
Amy Schleunes | Jun 1, 2020
A study uncovers connections between the bacteria in our guts and our social lives.
How a Pea Aphid Decides to Make Wings or Not
Viviane Callier | Jun 1, 2020
Wing development in females is environmentally controlled, but in males, an insertion on the sex chromosome appears to dictate whether the insects grow wings, according to a study.
Armchair Virologists
Bob Grant | Jun 1, 2020
Pretending to be a javelin aficionado is one thing. Professing to have real insight into the ongoing pandemic is quite another.
Protein Synthesis Enzymes Have Evolved Additional Jobs
Amber Dance | Jun 1, 2020
Aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases, which help translate the genetic code into protein, also function in angiogenesis, fat metabolism, and more.
Did Contaminated Water Exacerbate Brazilian Babies’ Zika Symptoms?
Ashley Yeager | Jun 1, 2020
Elevated levels of a neurotoxin in northeastern Brazil’s drinking water and a high incidence of microcephaly in the region led scientists to look for a link, and they found one.
Revolutionary Repurposing
Neil Shubin | Jun 1, 2020
Evolution needn’t make improbable leaps to facilitate transitions into uncharted biological territory. Adapting new uses for existing structures works just fine.
Two Studies Question Function of Bone Hormone Osteocalcin
Ruth Williams | May 29, 2020
Independently produced knockout mouse strains fail to find evidence of the bone protein’s endocrine functions, and divide researchers’ opinions.
Book Excerpt from The Idea of the Brain
Matthew Cobb | May 1, 2020
In Chapter 10, “Memory," author Matthew Cobb takes readers inside a couple of seminal moments in the scientific search for memory’s mechanics.
What Do New Neurons in the Brains of Adults Actually Do?
Ashley Yeager | May 1, 2020
Adult neurogenesis, already appreciated for its role in learning and memory, also participates in mental health and possibly even attention, new research suggests.
Infographic: How Adult-Born Neurons Integrate into the Brain
Ashley Yeager | May 1, 2020
Cutting-edge microscopy is revealing how new neurons made in adult mice’s brains tap into existing neuronal connections.
Where Do Our Memories Live?
Matthew Cobb | May 1, 2020
A new book explores research through the ages that has tried to map the intricacies of the human brain, including pinpointing the seat of memory.