Healing with Hallucinogens

Volume 31 Issue 9 | September 2017

Cover Story

Decoding the Tripping Brain

By Diana Kwon | September 1, 2017

Scientists are beginning to unravel the mechanisms behind the therapeutic effects of psychedelic drugs.

Featured Articles

image: Do Microbes Trigger Alzheimer’s Disease?

Do Microbes Trigger Alzheimer’s Disease?

By Jill U. Adams | September 1, 2017

The once fringe idea is gaining traction among the scientific community.

image: The Role of DNA Base Modifications

The Role of DNA Base Modifications

By Skirmantas Kriaucionis | September 1, 2017

Researchers are just beginning to scratch the surface of how several newly recognized epigenetic changes function in the genome.




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


Far-Out Science

How psychedelic drugs and infectious microbes alter brain function

Speaking of Science

Notable Science Quotes

Wildebeest, science advice for Trump, antibiotics, and more


Bees Live the City Life in Detroit

Important pollinators under threat from habitat destruction, bumblebees may find refuge on vacant land throughout Michigan’s largest metropolis.

A Bacteria-Laden Shirt That Ventilates in Response to Sweat

Exposure to the body’s humidity causes a film of the microbes to change shape, opening flaps in the garment to allow for increased airflow.

A Prosthetic Advantage?

Scientists are analyzing how factors such as the length and stiffness of artificial limbs affect performance in athletes with amputations.


How Microbes May Influence Our Behavior

Researchers are piecing together the links between the gut microbiome and mental health.

Critic at Large

Opinion: Understanding and Coping With Rising Publication Costs

As article processing charges top $5,000 at some research journals, authors and institutions have means of negotiating better deals or finding less expensive options.

Modus Operandi

Bubbles for Broken Bones

Ultrasound-stimulated microbubbles enable gene delivery to fix fractures.

The Literature

Researchers Identify Clue to Asymmetric Cell Division

Phosphorylation of a surface protein on endosomes is key to the organelles’ uneven distribution in daughter cells.

Fish Smell ATP to Find Food

Sensory neurons in the tip of the zebrafish nose respond to molecular signals released from food sources.

How Immune Receptors Got into Mouse Noses

A study traces proteins’ evolution from the immune to the olfactory system.


Motor Man

Ron Vale has spent a career studying how molecular motors transport cargo within cells. He’s also developed tools to help scientists communicate their findings.

Scientist to Watch

Kate Rubins Was the First to Sequence DNA in Space

The virologist turned NASA astronaut pioneered DNA sequencing in space and conducted experiments in microgravity.

Lab Tools

Ready, Set, Grow

How to culture stem cells without depending on mouse feeder cells


Baby on Board

Many scientific conferences offer child care options that allow researchers to bring their families along for the trip.

Reading Frames

CRISPR May Prove Useful in De-Extinction Efforts

Researchers are using the powerful gene-editing tool to recreate the woolly mammoth.


Discovery of the Malaria Parasite, 1880

Most didn’t believe French doctor Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran when he said he’d spotted the causative agent of the disease—and that it was an animal.

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