The Scientist

» ecology, evolution and immunology

Most Recent

image: Eau de Choice

Eau de Choice

By Richard P. Grant | January 1, 2011

Evolutionary biologist Jane Hurst at the University of Liverpool has found that male mice have evolved a cunning trick to distinguish themselves within the dating pool: they produce a specific protein that drives female attraction to male scent, and this molecule, called darcin, helps females remember a specific male's odor.


image: Mining Bacterial Small Molecules

Mining Bacterial Small Molecules

By L. Caetano M. Antunes, Julian E. Davies and B. Brett Finlay | January 1, 2011

As much as rainforests or deep-sea vents, the human gut holds rich stores of microbial chemicals that should be mined for their pharmacological potential.


image: Human Effects

Human Effects

By Richard P. Grant | January 1, 2011

Editor's Choice in Ecology


image: Basophil Roles

Basophil Roles

By Richard P. Grant | January 1, 2011

Editor's choice in Immunology


image: Intestinal Molecular Signaling

Intestinal Molecular Signaling

By L. Caetano M. Antunes, Julian E. Davies and B. Brett Finlay | January 1, 2011

Microbes, both good and bad, can exert direct effects on host cells and vice versa. 


image: The Evolution of Volvox

The Evolution of Volvox

By N/A | January 1, 2011

The volvocine algae are a model system for studying the evolution of multicellularity, as the group contains extant species ranging from the unicellular Chlamydomonas to a variety of colonial species and the full-fledged multicellular Volvox varieties.


From Simple To Complex

By Jef Akst | January 1, 2011

The switch from single-celled organisms to ones made up of many cells has evolved independently more than two dozen times. What can this transition teach us about the origin of complex organisms such as animals and plants?


image: The Coming Health Crisis

The Coming Health Crisis

By Samuel S. Myers and Aaron Bernstein | January 1, 2011

Indirect effects of global climate change threaten the health of hundreds of millions of people. The very uncertainty that shrouds this issue must serve as an organizing principle for adaptation to its ill effects.


image: Book Excerpt from <em>Looking for a Few Good Males</em>

Book Excerpt from Looking for a Few Good Males

By Erika Lorraine Milam | January 1, 2011

In Chapter 2, "Progressive Desire," author Erika Lorraine Milam explores sexual selection’s incursion into evolutionary theory.


War zone

By Mark W. Moffett | May 21, 2010

An invasive ant defies the rules of social evolution by conquering California with battles between enormous colonies that act like separate species.

1 Comment

Popular Now

  1. Could Rapamycin Help Humans Live Longer?
  2. Renowned Physicist Stephen Hawking Dies
  3. Elena Rybak-Akimova, Chemical Kinetics Expert, Dies
  4. University of Oregon Erecting a $1-Billion Science Center