top 10 innovations 2012, evolution, ecology, cell & molecular biology
Oldest Known Wood
Jef Akst | Aug 12, 2011
Two newly described fossils suggest that wood is some 10 million years older than previous believed.
Fair Trade at Plant Roots
Kerry Grens | Aug 11, 2011
Plant and fungal symbionts swap more resources with partners that provide a greater return of nutrients.
Cancer Researcher Fabricated Data
Jessica P. Johnson | Aug 11, 2011
Sheng Wang leaves the Boston University School of Medicine and agrees to retract two published studies.
Yeast Don't Need Oxygen
Bob Grant | Aug 11, 2011
Scientists discover that ancestors of the unicellular fungi can synthesize essential biomolecules with only trace levels of O2.
Why Have Twins?
Jef Akst | Aug 11, 2011
Mothers more likely to have twins have heavier, healthier non-twin babies, possibly explaining why twinning evolved.
Rewriting E. coli’s Genetic Code
Sabine Louët | Aug 5, 2011
Researchers use directed evolution to create a bacterial strain that substitutes a synthetic base for thymine.
Baruj Benacerraf Dies
Edyta Zielinska | Aug 3, 2011
The Nobel Prize winner who discovered the gene that encodes the major histocompatibility complex passes away at age 90.
Hungry Neurons = Hungry Person
Katherine Bagley | Aug 2, 2011
Starving brain cells can stimulate hunger through a common cannibalistic act, possibly explaining why some dieters can’t resist temptation.
Anti-evolution Vandals?
Edyta Zielinska | Aug 1, 2011
Pro-evolution bumper stickers and emblems are being removed from the cars of biologists in Florida.
Helpful Bacterial Metabolites
Helpful Bacterial Metabolites
Michelle G. Rooks and Wendy S. Garrett | Aug 1, 2011
While gut microbiota appear to have both positive and negative impacts on our  health, in the guts of healthy, lean individuals, the good outweighs the bad.