Epigenetic Memories

Volume 29 Issue 12 | December 2015

Cover Story

Ghosts in the Genome

By | December 1, 2015

How one generation’s experience can affect the next

Featured Articles

image: Cellular Rehab

Cellular Rehab

By | December 1, 2015

Physical therapy and exercise are critical to the success of cell therapies approaching the clinic.

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Top 10 Innovations 2015

By | December 1, 2015

The newest life-science products making waves in labs and clinics




Meet some of the people featured in the December 2015 issue of The Scientist.


Family Ties

There’s more to inheritance than genes.

Speaking of Science

Speaking of Science

December 2015's selection of notable quotes


A Rainforest Chorus

Researchers measure the health of Papua New Guinea’s forests by analyzing the ecological soundscape.

Sneeze O'Clock

Is a nasal circadian clock to blame for allergy symptoms flaring up in the morning?

Urban Owl-Fitters

How birds with an innate propensity for living among humans are establishing populations in cities

Vegan Gators

Researchers are converting carnivores into herbivores in a bid to make raising animals such as alligators, trout, and salmon more sustainable.

Critic at Large

Scientific Misconduct: Red Flags

Warning signs that scandal might be brewing in your lab  

Critic at Large

Explaining Retractions

Editors and publishers should use a standardized form to detail why they are pulling papers from the scientific literature.

Modus Operandi

Single-Cell Suck-and-Spray

A nanoscopic needle and a mass spectrometer reveal the contents of individual cells.

The Literature

Getting Back in Shape

Contrary to years of research suggesting otherwise, most aggregated proteins regain their shape and functionality following heat shock.

Looking for Loners

A new algorithm opens doors for detecting rare cell types in mRNA sequencing.

Carry-On Luggage

Without a vacuole, cell-cycle progression stalls out in yeast cells.


The Regenerator

In his search for effective therapies for Parkinson’s disease, Lorenz Studer is uncovering pluripotency switches and clues to what makes cells age.

Scientist to Watch

Gia Voeltz: Cellular Cartographer

Associate Professor, Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder. Age: 43

Lab Tools

It’s Getting Hot in Here

Methods for taking a cell's temperature

Lab Tools

Free Flow

A sampling of free software for flow cytometry data analysis


Self Correction

What to do when you realize your publication is fatally flawed

Reading Frames

Out of Europe?

Instead of getting its start in Africa, humanity may have had more Continental roots. 

Capsule Reviews

Capsule Reviews

Welcome to the Microbiome, The Paradox of Evolution, Newton's Apple, and Dawn of the Neuron.


The Cyclopes of Idaho, 1950s

A rash of deformed lambs eventually led to the creation of a cancer-fighting agent.

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