stem cells, microbiology, culture
Stress, Bacteria Trigger Heart Attack?
Stress, Bacteria Trigger Heart Attack?
Jef Akst | Jun 12, 2014
A study implicates the breaking up of bacterial biofilms on fatty plaques in arteries as causing stroke or heart attack following stress.
Light-Sensing Retina in a Dish
Light-Sensing Retina in a Dish
Anna Azvolinsky | Jun 10, 2014
From human induced pluripotent stem cells, researchers grow 3-D retinal tissue that can sense light. 
Week in Review: June 2–6
Week in Review: June 2–6
Tracy Vence | Jun 6, 2014
The malnourished microbiome; innate immunity and beige fat; tools for stem cell self-renewal; predicting tomorrow’s PIs; MERS update
Minimal Toolkit for Stem Cell Self-Renewal
Minimal Toolkit for Stem Cell Self-Renewal
Anna Azvolinsky | Jun 5, 2014
Researchers identify a network of a dozen transcription factors needed to maintain the pluripotent state of mouse embryonic stem cells. 
Final Straw for STAP?
Final Straw for STAP?
Tracy Vence | Jun 4, 2014
Independent analysis uncovers suspected mouse cell mix-up, while stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency lead author Haruko Obokata agrees to retract the work in full.
Book Excerpt from <em>The Drunken Monkey</em>
Book Excerpt from The Drunken Monkey
Robert Dudley | Jun 1, 2014
In Chapter 3, "On the Inebriation of Elephants," author Robert Dudley considers whether tales of tipsy pachyderms and bombed baboons have any basis in scientific truth.
Capsule Reviews
Capsule Reviews
Bob Grant | Jun 1, 2014
Proof, Caffeinated, A Sting in the Tale, and The Insect Cookbook
Haley Oliver: Master of Meat
Haley Oliver: Master of Meat
Jef Akst | Jun 1, 2014
Assistant Professor, Department of Food Science, Purdue University, Age: 32
Simultaneous Release
Simultaneous Release
Kerry Grens | Jun 1, 2014
Coordinating the submission of manuscripts can strike a healthy balance between competition and collaboration.
Drunks and Monkeys
Drunks and Monkeys
Robert Dudley | Jun 1, 2014
Understanding our primate ancestors’ relationship with alcohol can inform its use by modern humans.