Better Beings?

As the technology to create genetically modified babies moves closer to practice, what questions should we ask before such procedures are contemplated?

Nature Biotechnology, November, 2017

Uncovering Ancient Clues to Humanity’s First Fires

How and when our ancestors mastered the use of fire remains a hotly debated question. Researchers are hunting for answers buried in ancient ash and baked soils.

SAPIENS, June 14, 2017

A Sea of Hurt

Venomous swimmers have evolved many ways to sting.

Science News, April 29, 2017

Sympathy for the Devils

The Tasmanian devil is endangered by a bizarre transmissible cancer, but scientists and the devils themselves are fighting back.

BioTechniques, April 12, 2017

Sweethearts in Science

When couples are colleagues, work-life balance is key.

Nature, February 9, 2017

Darwinian Lizards

The small lizards adapted to unique niches among dozens of isles.

The Scientist, January 1, 2017

DNA Sequencing in the Final Frontier

The International Space Station entered the genetic age  with the first DNA sequencing aboard.

BioTechniques, October 18, 2016

Medical Histories

The first medical interventions were often individualized but ineffective. As medicine became more scientific, physicians started grouping patients by disease. Now, genetic insights let doctors consider their patients unique genetic make-up.

Nature, September 8, 2016

Prehistoric Animals, in Living Color

Paleontologists are looking beyond bones to reveal the hues of prehistoric animals that vanished millions of years ago. But the young field has its share of disagreements.

PNAS Front Matter, August 2, 2016

Live Fast, Die Young

Research into aging requires patience, but a small cadre of scientists is angling to speed up answers by developing the flamboyant, short-lived turquoise killifish as a new model.

Nature, July 21, 2016

Will Hagfish Yield the Fibers of the Future?

A tankful of wriggling proto-fish could one day offer a novel kind of strong, flexible material for buttressing bulletproof vests and reinforcing lightweight automobile parts.

PNAS Front Matter, June 28, 2016

Mining Mitochondrial DNA for New Genes

Mitochondrial DNA contains many more genes than scientists initially thought.

BioTechniques, May 18, 2016

Smart Drugs: A Dose of Intelligence

As mind sports becomes the new frontier for doping concenrs, research is exploring whether users really get any value from ‘smart drugs.’

Nature, March 3, 2016

Climate Change Frees Ancient Artifacts

One summer 10,300 years ago, a Native American hunter prowled the Rocky Mountains. In 2007, Craig Lee picked up one of his darts. 

PNAS Front Matter, November 17, 2015

Ten Bacteria with Real-Life Superpowers

They’re too small to see with the naked eye, but these microbes have abilities that put superheroes to shame.

BBC Earth, July 29, 2015

Probing Cosmic Mysteries in a Remote Desert

Amid the volcanic range of hte windy, otherworldly Atacama Desert, a telescope collects ancient light. Cosmologists hope it will illuminate the conditions of the universe just after its dawn 13.8 billion years ago.

PNAS Front Matter, July 14, 2015

Endoliths Hunker Down and Survive in Extreme Environments

Henry Sun works where other biologists fear to tread, or maybe they just don’t want to.

PNAS Front Matter, February 24, 2015

After a Summer of Icy Showers, What Will Happen with Buckets of Cash for ALS?

In the viral video craze of the summer, millions of people dumping freezing water on their heads generated an unexpected deluge of more than $100 million to support amyotrophic lateral sclerosis charities. Where should all that money go?

Alzforum, September 12, 2014

Microbes Take Charge

Aided by modern sequencing techniques, scientists are discovering that microorganisms can exert a powerful influence over animal behavior.

PNAS Front Matter, February 11, 2014

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