Ancient DNA Yields Snapshots of Vanished Ecosystems
Surviving fragments of genetic material preserved in sediments allow metagenomics researchers to see the full diversity of past life — even microbes.
Stem Cells Remember Tissues’ Past Injuries
Stem cells seem to retain memories of old injuries to improve future healing. When that system goes wrong, chronic inflammation can result.
New brain maps with unmatched detail may change neuroscience
A technique based on genetic bar codes can easily map the connections of individual brain cells in unprecedented numbers. Unexpected complexity in the visual system is only the first secret it has revealed.
Quanta & Wired
Biologists would love to program cells like computers
A startup is selling “circuits” for making drugs and chemicals inside bacteria.
MIT Technology Review
Would you feel sexy wearing eau de extinction?
Synthetic biologists seek to make perfumes from extinct trees and flowers.
Deep learning is a black box but health care won't mind
These algorithms are able to diagnose disease as accurately as expert physicians.
US bans common chemicals in antibacterial soaps
Although there is no conclusive evidence of danger to humans, antibacterials’ benefits have not been proved to exceed potential risks.