Female Scientists Told to Get a Man to Help Them With Their Paper

This just in from the land of great sexism: two female scientists had a manuscript rejected by a peer-reviewed journal because they didn’t ask a man for help. An unnamed peer reviewer for the journal PLoS One suggested that Drs. Fiona Ingleby and Megan Head find male co-authors—any men at all—for a paper they’d… »4/30/15 3:20pm4/30/15 3:20pm

Check out every single kind of microbe in your body online — all 5 million of them

The initial phase of the Human Microbiome Project has come to an end — and with it, the mapping of the full community of microbes that inhabit all the various nooks and crannies of the healthy human body. The results of the exhaustive study will be published as a collection in PLoS, making their findings available to… »6/14/12 2:40pm6/14/12 2:40pm

The three main problems with sexual reproduction, as explained by science

Over at PLoS Biology, biologist Denis Roze has a fascinating article introducing a question that may at first seem obvious, but is in fact one of the enduring mysteries of biology: Why bother to have sex? People interested in evolutionary biology may already be familiar with the reasons why sexual intercourse is an… »5/23/12 2:45pm5/23/12 2:45pm

Europeans Pick Mates By Smell More Often than Africans Do

Scientists have known for a while that humans seem to pick mates partly based on the way they smell. That's because a person's smell is related to their Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC), a cluster of genes that shape a person's immune system. For years, scientists have debated whether people pick mates based on… »9/12/08 6:20pm9/12/08 6:20pm

Scientists Identify Genes that Could Turn Ordinary People into Supergeniuses (or Mindless Drones)

Click to view It's clear that there's a specific set of genes responsible for brain development when you're in the womb, and that those genes affect your ability to learn later on. But now a group of researchers in the U.S. and Canada have identified those genes. And their discovery could represent the first step in… »7/06/08 7:00pm7/06/08 7:00pm

Geneticists Discover a Way to Extend Lifespans to 800 Years

There is now a way to extend the lifespan of organisms so that humans could conceivably live to be 800 years old. In an amazing development, scientists at the University of Southern California have announced that they've extended the lifespan of yeast bacteria tenfold — and the recipe they used to do it might easily… »1/16/08 4:30pm1/16/08 4:30pm