stem cells, culture, genetics & genomics
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.
Mouse Study Catalogs Gene Functions
Mouse Study Catalogs Gene Functions
Amanda B. Keener | Jul 29, 2015
A European consortium identifies phenotypes for 320 genes, assigning new functions for half.
AAAAA Is for Arrested Translation
AAAAA Is for Arrested Translation
Ruth Williams | Jul 24, 2015
Multiple consecutive adenosine nucleotides can cause protein translation machinery to stall on messenger RNAs.
The First Americans
The First Americans
Bob Grant | Jul 23, 2015
Two genetic studies seeking to determine how people first migrated to North and South America yield different results.
Antibiotic Resistance Can Boost Bacterial Fitness
Antibiotic Resistance Can Boost Bacterial Fitness
Anna Azvolinsky | Jul 22, 2015
In some pathogenic bacteria, certain antibiotic resistance–associated mutations may also confer an unexpected growth advantage.
Underground Immunity
Underground Immunity
Kara Manke | Jul 16, 2015
Arabidopsis thaliana defense hormones shape the plant’s root microbiome. 
Toward Blood-based Cancer Detection
Toward Blood-based Cancer Detection
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jul 7, 2015
Circulating tumor cells, exosomes, and DNA can improve the diagnosis of many cancers. But are liquid biopsies ready for prime time?
CF Gene Therapy Shows Promise
CF Gene Therapy Shows Promise
Jef Akst | Jul 6, 2015
The results of a Phase 2 trial suggest that delivering normal copies of the gene that causes cystic fibrosis may slow lung decline.
Police Sketches Via DNA
Police Sketches Via DNA
Kerry Grens | Jul 1, 2015
For assistance in solving crimes, a company has developed a service that will construct a face based on a genetic sample.
Staying Active in the Lab
Staying Active in the Lab
Jenny Rood | Jul 1, 2015
Retiring as a professor, and even shutting down your own lab, doesn’t necessarily mean quitting research.