Volume 441 Issue 7091, 18 May 2006

Authors

Editorial

  • Editorial |

    Britain's regulator has taken a sensible approach to the fraught question of what kinds of genetic testing should be permitted on embryos.

  • Editorial |

    Immunology and microbiology come together to fight disease.

Research Highlights

News

News in Brief

News Feature

  • News Feature |

    Prevailing wisdom says the adult brain cannot learn to see if it had no visual stimulation during childhood, but blind people in India seem to be breaking all the rules. Apoorva Mandavilli reports.

    • Apoorva Mandavilli
  • News Feature |

    Among their many talents, bacteria are the world's best electrochemists, creating a life-powering flow of electrons in a startling range of conditions. In the first of two features, Nick Lane asks what limits, if any, constrain this ability. In the second, Charlotte Schubert meets the people trying to put this microbial ingenuity to practical use.

    • Nick Lane

Business

Correspondence

Commentary

  • Commentary |

    Alternative ways to develop diagnostic tools for use in resource-poor settings can, and do, exist, argue Martine Usdin, Martine Guillerm and Pierre Chirac of Doctors without Borders.

    • Martine Usdin
    • , Martine Guillerm
    •  & Pierre Chirac

Books & Arts

Essay

  • Essay |

    Prokaryote: gene-sequence comparisons show the tree of life consists of bacteria, eukarya and archaea. The use of the term ‘prokaryote’ fails to recognize that an idea about life's origins has been proved wrong.

    • Norman R. Pace

News & Views

  • News & Views |

    A spore-forming bacterium can escape from social collapse and extinction with a single mutation that has a dramatic effect. Here is evidence that a cooperative system can recover from the very brink of destruction.

    • Kevin R. Foster
  • News & Views |

    Three planets of Neptune mass have been discovered orbiting a Sun-like star known to have an asteroid belt. Exquisite measurements suggest that the search for habitable planets might be easier than assumed.

    • David Charbonneau
  • News & Views |

    As bacteria become resistant to existing drugs, there is a need for antibiotics with new modes of action. Such a compound has been found, and it works by binding to an intermediate in the catalytic cycle of its target.

    • Eric D. Brown
  • News & Views |

    When it's an insulator, of course. Materials that should in theory conduct electricity — but don't — are well known, but the anomalous behaviour of one material has caused particular head-scratching.

    • Steven C. Erwin
  • News & Views |

    Keratin proteins perform several functions in skin cells, including those of providing mechanical support and protection against injury. But it seems they also have a more active part to play in healing wounds.

    • M. Bishr Omary
    •  & Nam-On Ku
  • News & Views |

    Ultracold plasmas blur the classical boundaries between the different states of matter. Newly observed electron-density waves could become useful probes of how electrons behave in this exotic regime.

    • Thomas C. Killian
  • News & Views |

    A diode that emits light at a shorter wavelength than ever before shows huge — albeit destructive — technological promise. But further work is needed to ensure that this promise is fulfilled.

    • Asif Khan

News and Views Feature

  • News and Views Feature |

    The social activities and organization of bacteria are crucial to their ecological success. But it is only in recent years that we have begun to study these secret societies.

    • Roberto Kolter
    •  & E. Peter Greenberg

Brief Communication

  • Brief Communication |

    Putty-nosed monkeys rely on two basic calling sounds to construct a message of utmost urgency.

    • Kate Arnold
    •  & Klaus Zuberbühler

Futures

  • Futures |

    Or, down the multiversal rabbit hole.

    • Michael Moorcock

Letter

Article

  • Article |

    • S. G. Gregory
    • , K. F. Barlow
    • , K. E. McLay
    • , R. Kaul
    • , D. Swarbreck
    • , A. Dunham
    • , C. E. Scott
    • , K. L. Howe
    • , K. Woodfine
    • , C. C. A. Spencer
    • , M. C. Jones
    • , C. Gillson
    • , S. Searle
    • , Y. Zhou
    • , F. Kokocinski
    • , L. McDonald
    • , R. Evans
    • , K. Phillips
    • , A. Atkinson
    • , R. Cooper
    • , C. Jones
    • , R. E. Hall
    • , T. D. Andrews
    • , C. Lloyd
    • , R. Ainscough
    • , J. P. Almeida
    • , K. D. Ambrose
    • , F. Anderson
    • , R. W. Andrew
    • , R. I. S. Ashwell
    • , K. Aubin
    • , A. K. Babbage
    • , C. L. Bagguley
    • , J. Bailey
    • , H. Beasley
    • , G. Bethel
    • , C. P. Bird
    • , S. Bray-Allen
    • , J. Y. Brown
    • , A. J. Brown
    • , D. Buckley
    • , J. Burton
    • , J. Bye
    • , C. Carder
    • , J. C. Chapman
    • , S. Y. Clark
    • , G. Clarke
    • , C. Clee
    • , V. Cobley
    • , R. E. Collier
    • , N. Corby
    • , G. J. Coville
    • , J. Davies
    • , R. Deadman
    • , M. Dunn
    • , M. Earthrowl
    • , A. G. Ellington
    • , H. Errington
    • , A. Frankish
    • , J. Frankland
    • , L. French
    • , P. Garner
    • , J. Garnett
    • , L. Gay
    • , M. R. J. Ghori
    • , R. Gibson
    • , L. M. Gilby
    • , W. Gillett
    • , R. J. Glithero
    • , D. V. Grafham
    • , C. Griffiths
    • , S. Griffiths-Jones
    • , R. Grocock
    • , S. Hammond
    • , E. S. I. Harrison
    • , E. Hart
    • , E. Haugen
    • , P. D. Heath
    • , S. Holmes
    • , K. Holt
    • , P. J. Howden
    • , A. R. Hunt
    • , S. E. Hunt
    • , G. Hunter
    • , J. Isherwood
    • , R. James
    • , C. Johnson
    • , D. Johnson
    • , A. Joy
    • , M. Kay
    • , J. K. Kershaw
    • , M. Kibukawa
    • , A. M. Kimberley
    • , A. King
    • , A. J. Knights
    • , H. Lad
    • , G. Laird
    • , S. Lawlor
    • , D. A. Leongamornlert
    • , D. M. Lloyd
    • , J. Loveland
    • , J. Lovell
    • , M. J. Lush
    • , R. Lyne
    • , S. Martin
    • , M. Mashreghi-Mohammadi
    • , L. Matthews
    • , N. S. W. Matthews
    • , S. McLaren
    • , S. Milne
    • , S. Mistry
    • , M. J. F. M oore
    • , T. Nickerson
    • , C. N. O'Dell
    • , K. Oliver
    • , A. Palmeiri
    • , S. A. Palmer
    • , A. Parker
    • , D. Patel
    • , A. V. Pearce
    • , A. I. Peck
    • , S. Pelan
    • , K. Phelps
    • , B. J. Phillimore
    • , R. Plumb
    • , J. Rajan
    • , C. Raymond
    • , G. Rouse
    • , C. Saenphimmachak
    • , H. K. Sehra
    • , E. Sheridan
    • , R. Shownkeen
    • , S. Sims
    • , C. D. Skuce
    • , M. Smith
    • , C. Steward
    • , S. Subramanian
    • , N. Sycamore
    • , A. Tracey
    • , A. Tromans
    • , Z. Van Helmond
    • , M. Wall
    • , J. M. Wallis
    • , S. White
    • , S. L. Whitehead
    • , J. E. Wilkinson
    • , D. L. Willey
    • , H. Williams
    • , L. Wilming
    • , P. W. Wray
    • , Z. Wu
    • , A. Coulson
    • , M. Vaudin
    • , J. E. Sulston
    • , R. Durbin
    • , T. Hubbard
    • , R. Wooster
    • , I. Dunham
    • , N. P. Carter
    • , G. McVean
    • , M. T. Ross
    • , J. Harrow
    • , M. V. Olson
    • , S. Beck
    • , J. Rogers
    •  & D. R. Bentley
  • Article |

    Simulations show that the system of three Neptune-mass planets is in a dynamically stable configuration, with theoretical calculations favouring a mainly rocky composition for both inner planets, but a significant gaseous envelope surrounding a rocky/icy core for the outer planet.

    • Christophe Lovis
    • , Michel Mayor
    • , Francesco Pepe
    • , Yann Alibert
    • , Willy Benz
    • , François Bouchy
    • , Alexandre C. M. Correia
    • , Jacques Laskar
    • , Christoph Mordasini
    • , Didier Queloz
    • , Nuno C. Santos
    • , Stéphane Udry
    • , Jean-Loup Bertaux
    •  & Jean-Pierre Sivan

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