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Image of the Day: Bird Braincase

By The Scientist Staff | May 4, 2018

Newly discovered fossils shed light on the structure of the feeding apparatus of ancient seabirds.


A study finds two species of guenon monkeys in Tanzania have been mating and producing fertile offspring for generations.


image: Preterm Labor May Be Sparked by Fetal Immune Reaction

Preterm Labor May Be Sparked by Fetal Immune Reaction

By Ruth Williams | April 25, 2018

Immune cells targeting maternal antigens are abundant in the blood of premature infants, suggesting fetal intolerance of mom may instigate early labor.  


Rather than getting a gene for its original function, a horizontal gene transfer provides the raw material for evolutionary innovation.


Drug-free environments, such as a designated ward in a hospital, might reduce the strength of selection for resistance.


image: Image of the Day: Immune Cell In Action

Image of the Day: Immune Cell In Action

By The Scientist Staff | April 23, 2018

By combining two new microscopy technologies, researchers filmed immune cells toiling away in the inner ear of a living zebrafish.


image: How Kidney Cancer Evolves

How Kidney Cancer Evolves

By Jim Daley | April 18, 2018

Renal cell carcinoma tumors have three different evolutionary fates, each associated with specific clinical outcomes.


Genetic analyses uncover cellular hallmarks of bladder cancer tumors that don’t respond, but interfering with one of those characteristics in a mouse model causes tumors to shrink.  


image: New Ovarian Cancer Vaccine Shows Promise

New Ovarian Cancer Vaccine Shows Promise

By Catherine Offord | April 12, 2018

A preliminary clinical trial finds that the personalized therapy improves survival rates and has no severe side-effects.

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Authors of a new study suggest that 520-million-year-old structures, previously identified as the brains of ancient arthropods, are instead preserved microbial biofilms.


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