Genetic GPS system of animal development explains why limbs grow from torsos and not heads

Hox genes make sure all your body parts grow in the right place. Understanding how they work can reveal the process of evolution and lead to potential treatments for congenital birth defects.

Ethan Bier, Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, University of California San Diego • conversation
Nov. 10, 2021 ~10 min

4 unexpected places where adults can learn science

Want to observe native bees? Or seek out invasive species? There are many ways to get hands-on science learning. An expert on adult STEM education suggests four places to start.

Jill Zarestky, Assistant Professor of Education, Colorado State University • conversation
Nov. 9, 2021 ~7 min

We discovered why giant pandas are black and white: here's how

The scientists who discovered that a giant panda’s distinctive markings provide camouflage from predators tell us about their latest work

Ossi Nokelainen, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Jyväskylä • conversation
Nov. 9, 2021 ~5 min

Harvard diabetes researcher details science behind potential breakthrough

One hundred years after the discovery of insulin, replacement therapy represents “a new kind of medicine,” says Douglas Melton, co-director of Harvard Stem Cell Institute.

Clea Simon • harvard
Nov. 9, 2021 ~8 min

Do flies really throw up on your food when they land on it?

A fly does some of its digesting outside its body before it even eats any food.

Jamie Theobald, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Florida International University • conversation
Nov. 8, 2021 ~6 min

Modeling the mechanisms of metastasis

Collaborative team wins prestigious NIH grant to investigate the physical forces that influence metastatic cancer.

Koch Institute • mit
Nov. 5, 2021 ~6 min

Big discovery of tiny rare tardigrade fossil

Discovery in 16-million-year-old amber is the third species of water bear ever found.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
Nov. 5, 2021 ~5 min

Harvard researchers show how tusks evolved

New study defines and traces the evolution of tusks from the first animals to sport them.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
Nov. 2, 2021 ~6 min

Differences in T cells’ functional states determine resistance to cancer therapy

Researchers decipher when and why immune cells fail to respond to immunotherapy, and suggest that T cells need a different kind of prodding in order to re-engage the immune response.

Grace van Deelen | Department of Biology • mit
Nov. 1, 2021 ~7 min

Progress doesn’t always mean movement, says Harvard study of daily exercise

Research comparing 19th- and 21st-century Americans finds a half-hour decline in physical activity. Blame it on planes, trains, and automobiles.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
Oct. 28, 2021 ~4 min