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image: Kathy Matthews, <em>Drosophila</em> Geneticist, Dies

Kathy Matthews, Drosophila Geneticist, Dies

By Kerry Grens | March 20, 2018

For decades, Matthews led two important repositories for fruit fly research: the Bloomington Drosophila Stock Center and FlyBase.  

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image: Image of the Day: Nuclear Pore Complex

Image of the Day: Nuclear Pore Complex

By The Scientist Staff | March 20, 2018

The structure has a stress-resilient architecture reminiscent of suspension bridges.


image: Image of the Day: Puzzle Plants

Image of the Day: Puzzle Plants

By The Scientist Staff | March 19, 2018

The jigsaw-shape cells found in the epidermis of many plants may serve to reduce mechanical stress on cell walls.


image: Monitoring Mutations with Microfluidics

Monitoring Mutations with Microfluidics

By Ruth Williams | March 15, 2018

A device dubbed the “mother machine” enables real-time observation of mutagenesis in single bacterial cells.  


The finding suggests corvids may have an innate sense of number.


Host slugs given Prozac to increase their serotonin levels no longer avoid parasitic nematodes, the same behavior seen in infected slugs.


In an unusual evolutionary twist, local stick spiders have come up with an almost identical repertoire of color morphs in multiple locations.


image: Prominent Neuroscientist Fired by Columbia, HHMI

Prominent Neuroscientist Fired by Columbia, HHMI

By Shawna Williams | March 8, 2018

The specific reason for Thomas Jessell’s dismissal has not been disclosed.

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In Drosophila, the tissue is more permeable to drugs at night, offering a possible explanation for why some medicines work better at certain times of day.

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The University of Chicago psychology professor made fundamental contributions to understanding the neural mechanisms of social experiences.  

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