RNA interference, microbiology, culture
Hard and Harder
Michael K. Gusmano | Jun 5, 2011
The path to eradicating malaria in Africa involves much more than just a vaccine.
Book excerpt from The Wild Life of Our Bodies
Rob Dunn | Jun 4, 2011
In Chapter 9, "We Were Hunted, Which is Why All of Us are Afraid Some of the Time and Some of Us are Afraid All of the Time," author Rob Dunn explains how predators shaped our evolution as we cowered and ran from their ravenous maws.
One-Man NIH, 1887
Cristina Luiggi | Jun 4, 2011
As epidemics swept across the United States in the 19th century, the US government recognized the pressing need for a national lab dedicated to the study of infectious disease. 
The rhythm of biology
Bob Grant | Jun 4, 2011
An art exhibit in New York City explores the science behind our reaction to sounds and sensations.
Dominique Bergmann: Probing Plant Pores
Jef Akst | Jun 3, 2011
Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Stanford University. Age: 41
Arsenic-based life debate continues
Jessica P. Johnson | Jun 3, 2011
More than a dozen researchers voice their concerns about a 2010 paper that claims bacteria can use arsenic in place of phosphorus in its DNA and other biomolecules, such as proteins.
Capsule Reviews
Richard P. Grant | Jun 1, 2011
In The Evolutionary World, Vermeij takes on the skeptics—both those with valid questions and those with irrational ones—and shows how the struggle for existence leads to variety and creativity.
The Gravity of Life
Rob Dunn | Jun 1, 2011
Whose well-being is threatened by our changing relationship with the myriad organisms that shaped the evolution of our species?
The Last Vaccine Frontier
Brad Spellberg | Jun 1, 2011
Successful vaccines have been created to protect against pathogenic bacteria and viruses. Why aren’t there any for combating fungal infections?
Book excerpt from The Philosophical Breakfast Club
Laura J. Snyder | May 31, 2011
In Chapter 8, “A Divine Programmer,” author Laura J. Snyder explains how Darwin’s own ideas on evolution may have been influenced at lavish parties hosted by one of the club’s members, Charles Babbage.