Inside The Lab
Researchers Turn to Big Data to Justify Basic Science
A new method of citation network analysis could be used to make the case for the importance of basic research.
Next-Generation Prenatal Genetic Tests Are Turning Fate Into Choice
As a new non-invasive technology makes prenatal genetic tests more common, many more pregnant women will have to choose whether or not to have a disabled child.
How Our Understanding of Neanderthals Has Dramatically—and Rapidly—Shifted
The discovery of an ancient man with a recent Neanderthal ancestor illustrates how quickly the science of Stone Age humans has changed.
Why the Future of Drugs Is in Genetically Engineered Microbes
Though a new generation of genetically engineered microbes is raising fears about home-brew heroin, a technology de-coupled from the whims of growing seasons could also mean cheaper, legal drugs.
How Scientific Progress Is Changing the Stem Cell Debate
The morality of human embryonic stem cell research has long been contentious, but new discoveries could end the controversy.
Why We Should Think Twice About Giving Genetic Tests to Our Kids
Genetic tests are becoming increasingly common, but a major medical organization argues that we should be cautious about testing children.
The Complicated Science—and Conflict—Behind Identifying the First Native Americans
Genetic studies of living Native Americans and ancient remains are revising our theories about America’s first inhabitants.
Genes May Cause Educational Struggles for More People Than We Ever Expected
A study finds a new link between mutations and intellectual disability, but that doesn’t mean we should ignore non-genetic factors.
The Frustrating Hunt for the Genes That Make Us Human
Researchers are finding many genes unique to our species, but so far they reveal little about our most human traits.