The Scientist

» opinion, evolution and microbiology

Most Recent

image: Ebola Mutation Rate Quibble

Ebola Mutation Rate Quibble

By Jef Akst | March 27, 2015

A study suggests that the virus may not be evolving as quickly as a previous group estimated.

0 Comments

image: Soil Bacteria Live on Wine Grapes

Soil Bacteria Live on Wine Grapes

By Kerry Grens | March 25, 2015

The earthiness of Merlot may have to do with grapevine-dwelling microbiota.

2 Comments

image: Quorum-Sensing Molecule Modifies Gut Microbiota

Quorum-Sensing Molecule Modifies Gut Microbiota

By Anna Azvolinsky | March 19, 2015

Increasing the abundance of a chemical some microbes use to communicate with one another can help reinstate beneficial bacterial populations in the guts of antibiotic-treated mice. 

1 Comment

image: Sewage Bacteria Linked to Obesity

Sewage Bacteria Linked to Obesity

By Jef Akst | March 10, 2015

Microbes identified in a city’s sewage treatment plants correlate with the population’s obesity rate, a study shows.

1 Comment

image: Nanobombs Terminate Foodborne Microbes

Nanobombs Terminate Foodborne Microbes

By Nsikan Akpan | March 5, 2015

Researchers engineer water nanostructures to wipe out pathogens that can spoil food and pose health risks.

2 Comments

image: Oldest <em>Homo</em> Remains Yet Found

Oldest Homo Remains Yet Found

By Ruth Williams | March 4, 2015

A newly discovered 2.8 million-year-old jawbone is thought to be that of a direct human ancestor.

0 Comments

image: Tough-to-Clean Equipment a Bigger Problem

Tough-to-Clean Equipment a Bigger Problem

By Kerry Grens | March 2, 2015

The number of deaths attributable to certain medical probes may go beyond a recent outbreak in Los Angeles.

2 Comments

image: A Deathly Pallor

A Deathly Pallor

By Carina Storrs | March 1, 2015

Global warming could lead to lighter-colored insects with waning immune defenses.

0 Comments

image: Capsule Reviews

Capsule Reviews

By Bob Grant | March 1, 2015

Evolving Ourselves, The Man Who Touched His Own Heart, Bats, and The Invaders

1 Comment

image: Drunk Monkeys

Drunk Monkeys

By Jef Akst | March 1, 2015

UC Berkeley biologist Robert Dudley explains his "drunken monkey" hypothesis for how humans developed a taste for alcohol.

0 Comments

Popular Now

  1. Stem Cell Vaccine Protects Mice From Cancer
  2. Love in the Scientific Literature
    News Analysis Love in the Scientific Literature

    There are countless ways for scientists to say, “I love you.” Naming a slime-mold beetle after your wife (and another after your ex-wife) is, apparently, one of them.  

  3. Nobel Prize–Winning Biologist Dies
  4. CDC: Flu Vaccine 36 Percent Effective So Far
AAAS