venom, evolution, culture, cell & molecular biology
String Theory
Richard P. Grant | Aug 1, 2011
New types of biological filaments are turning up in yeast, fly, bacterial cells and in rat neurons, and they may yield clues to how the cytoskeleton evolved from metabolically active enzymes.
Plant Cells and Soap Bubbles
Richard P. Grant | Aug 1, 2011
Editor’s Choice in Plant Biology
Ernst Haeckel’s Pedigree of Man, 1874
Hannah Waters | Aug 1, 2011
After completing his studies in medicine and biology, a restless Ernst Haeckel set off for Italy in 1859 to study art and marine biology. The diversity of life fascinated the 26-year-old Prussian, and in addition to painting landscapes, he spent the
Sharing the Bounty
Michelle G. Rooks and Wendy S. Garrett | Aug 1, 2011
Gut bacteria may be the missing piece that explains the connection between diet and cancer risk.
Capsule Reviews
Bob Grant | Aug 1, 2011
First Life, Radioactivity, Brain Bugs, Life of Earth
Learning to Become a Tree Hugger
Amy Maxmen | Aug 1, 2011
A guide to free software for constructing and assessing species relationships
An Unlichenly Pair
Hannah Waters | Aug 1, 2011
A young botanist pays tribute to his mentor by naming a newly discovered, rare species in his honor.
Powering Clinical Trials
Jef Akst | Aug 1, 2011
To ensure high-quality clinical trials of a malaria vaccine, organizers in rural Africa must first upgrade electrical and research infrastructures.
Speaking of Science
The Scientist Staff | Aug 1, 2011
August 2011's selection of notable quotes
Gene Patents Upheld
Jef Akst | Jul 29, 2011
A US federal appeals court says human genes are patentable.