In cooperation with its microbiome, the animal has genetic help in digesting blood and warding off pathogens.
From a plastic-munching coral to see-through frogs, here are The Scientist’s favorite images from 2017.
December 25, 2017|
As a somber reminder of the plastic contamination crisis that faces our oceans, scientists found that hard corals frequently consume pieces of plastic because it “tastes” good to them.
ALEX SEYMOUR, DUKE UNIVERSITY
Scientists used a dissection microscope to get a glimpse of the delicate developing skeleton of a third-trimester fruit bat.
RICK ADAMS, UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN COLORADO, NIKON SMALL WORLD PHOTOMICROGRAPHY COMPETITION
One hundred million years ago, a dinosaur might have brushed this prehistoric flower into a pool of tree resin, scientists believe, creating an artistic fossil preserved in amber.
GEORGE POINAR JR, OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY
The southern bobtail squid Euprymna tasmanica can glow in the dark and shimmer during the day thanks to bioluminescent bacteria inhabiting its light organ.
MUSEUMS VICTORIA, MARK NORMAN
In the lab, therapeutic antibodies are being engineered to flag cancer cells (orange) for destruction by macrophages (blue)
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHHAMPTON & KOCH INSTITUTE AT MIT, ALI ROGHANIAN
In the jungle of Amazonian Ecudaor, scientists discovered a new glass frog species, Hyalinobatrachium yaku, which is so transparent its heart is visible from below.
JAIME CULEBRAS AND ROSS MAYNARD
A combination of magnetic resonance imaging and diffusion-weighted tractography creates a detailed image of the small neural fibers that reside in the mouse brain.
NIELS SCHWADERLAPP, DEPARTMENT OF RADIOLOGY, MEDICAL PHYSICS
Scientists created a reference genome for Syngnathus scovelli, the gulf pipefish.
UNIVERSITY OF OREGON, MARK CURREY
In tribute to the adaptability of life, scientists found that Daphnia pulex can quickly evolve tolerance to road deicing salt when it contaminates its freshwater habitat.
RENSSELAER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE