Foregoing Food

Volume 31 Issue 6 | June 2017

Cover Story

Running on Empty

By Bob Grant | June 1, 2017

Regularly taking breaks from eating—for hours or days—can trigger changes both expected, such as in metabolic dynamics and inflammation, and surprising, as in immune system function and cancer progression.

Featured Articles

image: Plastic Pollutants Pervade Water and Land

Plastic Pollutants Pervade Water and Land

By Ee Ling Ng | June 1, 2017

Contamination of marine and terrestrial ecosystems by microplastics is putting individual organisms at risk.

image: The Celiac Surge

The Celiac Surge

By Catherine Offord | June 1, 2017

A rapid increase in the global incidence of the condition has researchers scrambling to understand the causes of the trend, and cope with the consequences.




Meet some of the people featured in the June 2017 issue of The Scientist.


Is Less More?

Diets: From art to science

Speaking of Science

Notable Science Quotes

March for Science, Trumping the EPA, the French election, and more


A Snake Species Not Seen Alive for 64 Years Appears in Brazil

Locals helped researchers find the extremely rare boa.

Mammalian Jaws Evolved to Chew Sideways

Parallel evolution in jaws and teeth helped early mammals diversify their diets.

Athletes’ Microbiomes Differ from Nonathletes

Researchers are beginning to uncover a link between activity level and the microbial makeup of one’s gut.

The Search for Methods to Monitor Brain Cooling

Newborns deprived of oxygen have their temperatures lowered to protect against brain damage, but it’s hard to decipher the babies’ immediate response to the intervention.


Opinion: Why I Published in a Predatory Journal

Our totally bogus case report swiftly passed muster, with only minor revisions requested.

Modus Operandi

Synthetic Stem Cells Regenerate Heart Tissue in Mice

These engineered “cells” were made from the secretions and membranes of human mesenchymal stem cells.

The Literature

Genes’ Composition Guides More-Optimal Diets

Fruit flies and mice grow better and eat less when the amino acid balance of their food reflects that coded by their exomes.

Long-Term Memory Storage Begins Immediately

In mice, cells in the prefrontal cortex—where memories are maintained long-term—start to encode a fearful experience right from the start.

Bone Marrow Isn’t the Only Source of Platelets

Scientists have estimated that about half of murine platelet production occurs in the lungs.


Micronutrients, Macro Impact

At the interface of food, nutrition, and agriculture, Lindsay Allen’s research has been informing nutrition guidelines and policies around the world for decades.

Scientist to Watch

Amélie Gaudin studies how plants survive harsh environments

The UC Davis agroecologist grew up on a farm and now works to help farmers grow more resilient crops.

Lab Tools

Pinpointing the Culprit

Identifying immune cell subsets with CyTOF

Bio Business

Learning from Iceland’s Model for Genetic Research

The Scandinavian island’s unique combination of genetic homogeneity, genealogical tradition, and high participation in research make it a prime location for discovery and validation of drug targets.

Reading Frames

How Moral Disgust Can Simultaneously Protect and Endanger Humanity

The human brain’s insular cortex is adept at registering distaste for everything from rotten fruit to unfamiliar cultures.


Self-Experimentation Led to the Discovery of IgE

In the 1960s, immunologists took matters into their own hands—and under their own skin—to characterize an immunoglobulin involved in allergies.

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