synthetic biology, cell & molecular biology
Trading Pelts for Pestilence
Jef Akst | Jul 1, 2011
When European explorers and fishermen began to frequent Canada’s shores in the 16th century, they brought with them a plethora of tools and trinkets, including knives, axes, kettles, and blankets. 
Scientist to Watch
Alison McCook | Jul 1, 2011
“This is my trophy,” says biologist Michael Edidin, walking across his office at Johns Hopkins University to pick up two oversized clock hands, once part of the stately clock tower that still stands on the Baltimore campus. 
University Presidentā€™s Paper to be Retracted?
Jef Akst | Jun 30, 2011
The president of the University of the Ryukyus in Japan coauthored a paper containing a duplicated figure.
Genome Digest
Megan Scudellari | Jun 28, 2011
Meet the species whose DNA has recently been sequenced.
Stem Cells from Banked Blood
Jef Akst | Jun 28, 2011
New research demonstrates the feasibility of generating iPS cells from blood samples and using them to produce multiple tissue types.
Gene Editing Treats Blood Disease
Annie Gottlieb | Jun 27, 2011
Revising a dysfunctional gene in vivo for the first time, researchers successfully restore blood clotting in hemophiliac mice.
Mail
The Scientist Staff | Jun 23, 2011
A selection of comments from our readers.
Spit test predicts age
Megan Scudellari | Jun 23, 2011
Scientists accurately determine age based on DNA methylation patterns from saliva samples.
Bigger spores = badder infection
Jef Akst | Jun 17, 2011
Larger spores of a deadly fungal pathogen cause more virulent infections in mice.
Plant scientists, innovators
Jef Akst | Jun 16, 2011
Fifteen plant biologists are selected to take part in a new initiative in fundamental plant science research.