Volume 430 Issue 6999, 29 July 2004


  • Editorial |

    A dispute between researchers and a small Native American tribe has cast an unduly large shadow over genetics. Both sides have much to gain from deeper communication, aided by those who belong to both communities.

  • Editorial |

    A state-led lawsuit against greenhouse-gas emitters highlights a forceful regional movement in US climate policy.


News in Brief


  • News Feature |

    Physicists agree that experiments at the Brookhaven atom collider have created a new form of matter. But theorists and experimentalists are still arguing about what to call it. Geoff Brumfiel investigates.

    • Geoff Brumfiel
  • News Feature |

    Medical geneticists and isolated Native American communities afflicted by inherited diseases should have much to gain from working together. But the relationship can go sour, as Rex Dalton finds out.

    • Rex Dalton


Books and Arts



  • Essay |

    Planetary science: both the deductive skills of geologists and the mathematical approach of astrophysicists are needed to study planets.

    • Stuart Ross Taylor

News & Views

  • News & Views |

    The goal of making sense of the sense of smell has come a step closer. Work on fruitflies reveals that odorant receptors act as bidirectional chemical detectors and determine the function of sensory neurons.

    • Rainer W. Friedrich
  • News & Views |

    According to a new empirical law, the transition temperature to superconductivity is high in copper oxides because their metallic states are as viscous as is permitted by the laws of quantum physics.

    • Jan Zaanen
  • News & Views |

    Structures of the protein vinculin reveal drastic conformational changes associated with binding to its partners in cell-adhesion contacts. These changes might let vinculin regulate the assembly of these complexes.

    • William I. Weis
  • News & Views |

    Cloning microbial genes from natural environments has revealed a surprising amount of diversity. In understanding how microorganisms function in ecosystems, how much of this diversity really matters?

    • Stephen Giovannoni
  • News & Views |

    When a nucleus has a ‘magic’ number of neutrons or protons, it is particularly stable. But it seems that for exotic nuclei, with large numbers of neutrons relative to protons, these magic numbers can change.

    • David Warner
  • News & Views |

    Detailed imaging reveals the structure of a spherical ‘micelle’, self-assembled from cone-shaped molecules, and marks progress towards mimicking the natural assembly skills of biological systems.

    • Dennis E. Discher
    •  & Randall D. Kamien
  • News & Views |

    Cohesin complexes have a central role in cell division, mediating the association between sister chromosomes. It now seems that cohesin binding is dynamic, adapting to changes in gene transcription.

    • Karen E. Ross
    •  & Orna Cohen-Fix

Research Highlights

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