Best of Multimedia 2016

Editors’ picks of the year’s best in The Scientist infographics, slideshows, and videos

Dec 21, 2016
The Scientist Staff

Infographics

The Nuclear Pore Complex
Researchers continue to unveil the structure and function of the gateway to the nucleus.
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Immunity in the Brain
Researchers document the diverse roles of immune cells in neuronal health and disease.
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The Human Virome
Diverse viruses can be found commingling with human and bacteria cells in and on people’s bodies. Scientists are just beginning to understand how these viruses help and when they can turn pathogenic.
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Lateral Gene Transfer in Drosophila
DNA transfer is a regular event among bacteria, and research over the past decade has shown that microbes can also shuttle their genetic material to multicellular hosts.
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Macrophages Respond to Liver Injury
In mice, immune cells from the body cavity surrounding organs arrive at the site of damage to chew up the nuclei of dead cells.
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Moving Toward Personalized Autism Treatment
Researchers aim to leverage new insights into the underlying causes of the disorder to better help patients.
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Interactive: Understanding Human Accelerated Regions
Fast-evolving regions of the human genome differentiate our species from all other mammals.
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Archaea’s Role in Carbon Cycle
Bathyarchaeota undergo acetogenesis, generating organic carbon below the seafloor.
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Immune Cells’ Roles in Tissue Maintenance and Repair
The cells of the mammalian immune system do more than just fight off pathogens; they are also important players in stem cell function and are thus crucial for maintaining homeostasis and recovering from injury.
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Targeting Type 1 Diabetes
Blocking the activation of T cells in response to proinsulin could help quell the autoimmune attack in the pancreas.
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Meiotic Mysteries
Understanding why so many human oocytes contain the wrong number of chromosomes
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Interactive: Nanotechnology Could Conquer Hospital-Acquired Infections
Metal ions and materials with nanoscale patterns can kill even antibiotic-resistant pathogens.
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Immune Influence
In recent years, research has demonstrated that microbes living in and on the mammalian body can affect cancer risk, as well as responses to cancer treatment.
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Researchers mix bacteria genetically engineered to express double-stranded RNA into insect food.
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Metabolic Reprogramming
How cancer cells fuel their rapid growth
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Tiny Terraformers
The role of exosomes in setting the stage for metastasis
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Under Pressure
The causes and consequences of physical forces in the tumor microenvironment
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Characterizing Sleep
Sleep-like patterns of neural activity are apparent not just at the level of the whole brain, but also in isolated neural circuits.
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The A B Zzzzs
An overview of the human sleep cycle

Under the Cover of Darkness
The far-reaching effects of sleep loss
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Plant Immunity
How plants fight off pathogens
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The Fungi Within
Diverse fungal species live in and on the human body.
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Clearing Gut Infections
A look at how phage therapy differs from antibiotic treatment
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Deciding Cell Fate
How RNA methylation helps control stem cell differentiation
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Videos

Patent Battle Over CRISPR Gene Editing

Watch Cells Crawl To Firmer Ground

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