stem cells, ecology, neuroscience
Neurosurgery Resident Plagiarized Research
Bob Grant | Nov 7, 2011
A physician doing a residency at the University of Virginia Medical Center was caught copying sections of text and an illustration in multiple NIH-funded papers.
Cigarette Smoking Leads to Coke?
Jef Akst | Nov 4, 2011
Nicotine may alter the brain’s response to cocaine, supporting the idea that the legal drug may serve as a "gateway" to the use of illegal substances.
Ladybug Zombies
Cristina Luiggi | Oct 31, 2011
Wasps inject their larvae into ladybug abdomens, where they feast on the bugs’ insides.
Deadly Bat Fungus Nailed Down
Bob Grant | Oct 26, 2011
Scientists have made a definitive link between a recently-discovered fungus and a lethal disease wiping out bat populations in eastern North America.
Orangutans Have Culture
Bob Grant | Oct 25, 2011
A study shows that different populations of the Southeast Asian ape display and transmit specific behaviors through generations in a way similar to human cultures.
European Stem Cell Patent Ban Good?
Cristina Luiggi | Oct 24, 2011
Following last week’s ruling by the European Court of Justice that research procedures involving human embryonic stem cells cannot be patented, European researchers, lawyers, and investors are striving to put a positive spin on the decision. 
MicroRNAs Prevent Cell Reprogramming
Cristina Luiggi | Oct 24, 2011
A group of microRNAs can inhibit the formation of induced pluripotent stem cells, and may provide a target for more efficient reprogramming of somatic cells.
Wolbachia Boost Stem Cell Production
Jef Akst | Oct 20, 2011
The widespread bacteria known to manipulate host reproductive output can do so by ramping up stem cell division and consequent egg production in Drosophila.
New Genes, New Brain
Cristina Luiggi | Oct 19, 2011
A bevy of genes known to be active during human fetal and infant development first appeared at the same time that the prefrontal cortex—the area of the brain associated with human intelligence and personality—took shape in primates.
No European Patents for Stem Cells
Edyta Zielinska | Oct 19, 2011
The high court in Europe decided that researchers are barred from filing EU patents on work involving human embryonic stem cells.