Thought Experiment
Opinion: Archaea Is Our Evolutionary Sister, Not Mother
Morgan Gaia, Violette Da Cunha, and Patrick Forterre | Jun 1, 2018
The ancient organisms appear to be more closely related to eukaryotes than previously appreciated.
Opinion: We Must Make Data More Accessible for Bioinformatics Training
David W. Craig | Apr 1, 2018
In addition to programs geared towards transforming biologists into bioinformaticians, students need more raw material available for their education.
Opinion: Acquiring Extra Senses
Bernd Fritzsch | Sep 1, 2016
Animals’ diverse sensory abilities will guide a technology-based revolution that gives humans perception beyond our natural senses.
Opinion: Monogamy and Cooperation Are Connected Through Multiple Links
David F. Westneat and Jacqueline R. Dillard | Aug 1, 2016
Why does cooperation evolve most often in monogamous animals?
The Shrinking Mitochondrion
Iain Johnston and Ben Williams | May 1, 2016
Scanning the mitochondrial genomes of thousands of species is beginning to shed light on why some genes were lost while others were retained.
What Lies Sleeping
Philippe Mourrain | Mar 1, 2016
Why can science still not define this most basic biological process?
The Ever-Transcendent Cell
John S. Torday | Nov 1, 2014
Deriving physiologic first principles
Digesting Dietary Data
Christopher Gardner and Michael Stanton | Jun 1, 2014
Why are there so many contradictory nutrition studies, and how can they be improved?
Ancient Life in the Information Age
Aaron David Goldman | Mar 1, 2014
What can bioinformatics and systems biology tell us about the ancestor of all living things?
How, If, and Why Species Form
Tim Rogers, Alan J. McKane, and Axel G. Rossberg | Nov 1, 2013
Biologists have struggled for centuries to properly define what constitutes a “species.” They may have been asking the wrong question—many smaller organisms might not form species at all.
Dating the Origin of Us
Ajit Varki | Nov 1, 2013
Theoretical anthropogeny seeks to understand how Homo sapiens rose to a position of global dominance.
Putting the Men in Menopause
Jon Stone | Sep 1, 2013
Can mating behavior explain the evolution of menopause in humans?
Why Women Lose Fertility
Daniel Levitis and Alan Cohen | Sep 1, 2013
Mating behavior is an unlikely driver of women's reproductive aging.
The Eye of the Finch
Andrew Dobson | Aug 1, 2013
Beaks did it for Darwin. Now, monitoring real-time evolution of bacteria that infects finch eyes reveals repeated, rapid evolution of an emerging avian pathogen in backyards throughout the U.S.
Why Insects Should Be in Your Diet
Aaron T. Dossey | Feb 1, 2013
Because of their high protein and fat content and their reproductive efficiency, insects hold great promise for thwarting an impending global food crisis.
The Pliable Brain
Christina Karns | Sep 1, 2012
Altered touch perception in deaf people may reveal individual differences in brain plasticity.
Who Are We Really?
Kieran Oâ??Doherty and Kieran Oâ??Doherty | Mar 1, 2012
Manipulating the human microbiome has ethical implications.
Ready for Prime Time
Dennis J. Selkoe and John C. Morris | Feb 1, 2012
Biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease are ready for widespread use in clinical trials.
Pitch Perfect
Josephine Johnston | Jan 1, 2012
Academic detailing has the potential to significantly improve clinical practice.
Puncturing the Myth
Geoffrey Burnstock | Sep 1, 2011
Purinergic signaling, not mystical energy, may explain how acupuncture works.