Microbial Treasure

Volume 32 Issue 6 | June 2018

Cover Story

Archaea Family Tree Blossoms, Thanks to Genomics

By Amber Dance | June 1, 2018

Identification of new archaea species elucidates the domain’s unique biology and sheds light on its relationship to eukaryotes.

Featured Articles

image: New Technologies Shed Light on Caveolae

New Technologies Shed Light on Caveolae

By Ben Nichols | June 1, 2018

The functions of the cellular invaginations identified more than half a century ago are now beginning to be understood in detail.

image: Predicting Future Zoonotic Disease Outbreaks

Predicting Future Zoonotic Disease Outbreaks

By Ashley Yeager | June 1, 2018

A step-by-step study of diseases that jump species gives subtle clues about future epidemics.




Meet some of the people featured in the June 2018 issue of The Scientist.


From Little Things Big Things Grow

We should take comfort in the fact that life on Earth had such unassuming, shared beginnings.

Speaking of Science

Ten-Minute Sabbatical

Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.


How Corpse-Eating Beetles Avoid Infection

Some beetle species may have evolved to tunnel into the ground to escape the pathogens that abound on dead and rotting animals.

Why Bats Make Such Good Viral Hosts

The bat version of the STING protein helps dampen the mammals' immune response to infection, researchers have found.

Surveying Biodiversity with Leeches

Scientists are searching for signatures of mammals within the blood meals of the invertebrates.

Researchers Grow Veggies in Space

Experiments to cultivate greens on the International Space Station and in simulated Martian environments pave the way for feeding crews during deep space missions.

Thought Experiment

Opinion: Archaea Is Our Evolutionary Sister, Not Mother

The ancient organisms appear to be more closely related to eukaryotes than previously appreciated.

Modus Operandi

Gene Expression Analysis Gets Gassy

Soil scientists use a gas-producing reporter system to assess gene activity in bacteria.

The Literature

Condensin Folds DNA Through Loop Extrusion

By observing the activity of a protein complex in real time, researchers have uncovered new evidence for a long-standing theory.

Productivity Paradox

During the last ice age, there wasn’t much plant matter to eat on northern steppes, but herbivorous woolly mammoths were abundant. How did they survive?

Incomplete Immunity

By combining experimental data with computer models, researchers were able to predict a pathogen’s evolution toward more virulence.


Trauma Biologist: A Profile of Israel Liberzon

The University of Michigan neuroscientist has developed therapies for patients with PTSD and laboratory models to understand its basis.

Scientist to Watch

Youssef Belkhadir Deciphers Plants’ Signaling Soundtrack

An entrepreneurial attitude helped this Vienna-based researcher begin to unravel the complex receptor network that Arabidopsis uses to  develop and defend itself.

Lab Tools

Using Mimics to Get Around Antibodies’ Limitations

Synthetic and natural alternatives to traditional antibodies offer more control, specificity, and reproducibility. 

Bio Business

Bringing the Internet of Things into the Lab

The IoT can link up many facets of research—from laboratory equipment to ideas—but scientists must be ready for the questions its implementation could raise.

Reading Frames

Race Is Not a Genomic Phenomenon

Rather, DNA sequencing can help us parse our ancestry, a subtle but important distinction.


China’s Flowers, 1922-1949

Austrian-American botanist Joseph Rock collected thousands of plant samples in his 27 years in the Middle Kingdom, leaving after the Communist Party’s takeover.  

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