Features

Taking Shape
Taking Shape
Wallace F. Marshall | Dec 1, 2013
The causes of a cell’s three-dimensional structure remain a fundamental mystery of cell biology.
One Man's Trash...
One Man's Trash...
Kerry Grens | Dec 1, 2013
Scientists who dared to waste their time looking at the midbody, a remnant of cell division, have catapulted the organelle to new prominence.
Top 10 Innovations 2013
Top 10 Innovations 2013
The Scientist Staff | Dec 1, 2013
The Scientist’s annual competition uncovered a bonanza of interesting technologies that made their way onto the market and into labs this year.

Contributors

Contributors
Contributors
Contributors
Meet some of the people featured in the December 2013 issue of The Scientist.

Editorial

Organelle Architecture
Organelle Architecture
Organelle Architecture
There’s beauty in a cell’s marriage of structure and function.

Speaking of Science

Speaking of Science
Speaking of Science
Speaking of Science
December 2013's selection of notable quotes

Notebook

Waiting in the Wings
Waiting in the Wings
Waiting in the Wings
A century’s worth of collected butterflies shed light on how climate change threatens the survival of early-emerging species.
Metropolome
Metropolome
Metropolome
Researchers take advantage of rapid and cheap DNA sequencing technologies to map the bacterial microbiome of New York City.
Little Drummer Bugs
Little Drummer Bugs
Little Drummer Bugs
South African termites can relay vibrational alarm signals through their enormous nests by pounding their heads against the ground.
Disorder No More
Disorder No More
Disorder No More
Researchers hunt for biomarkers of Asperger's syndrome, a condition that officially no longer exists.

Critic at Large

The Great Divide
The Great Divide
The Great Divide
A two-way bridge between science and policy is desperately needed.
An Open Invitation
An Open Invitation
An Open Invitation
On creating communal, equitable discourse to broaden participation in genetics research

Modus Operandi

Proto-Organelles for Synthetic Cells
Proto-Organelles for Synthetic Cells
Proto-Organelles for Synthetic Cells
Researchers construct lipid-encapsulated compartments within synthetic cells.

The Literature

Patchy Plankton
Patchy Plankton
Patchy Plankton
Turbulence interacts with the stabilizing efforts of motile phytoplankton to create small-scale patches of toxic, bloom-forming organisms.
Intracellular Spirals
Intracellular Spirals
Intracellular Spirals
Membrane twists connect stacked endoplasmic reticulum sheets.
Herring Impaired
Herring Impaired
Herring Impaired
Changing ion channel densities allows fish to tune their hearing to male reproductive calls during breeding periods. 

Profile

Biology's Coefficient
Biology's Coefficient
Biology's Coefficient
Joel Cohen uses the tools of mathematics to deconstruct questions of life.

Scientist to Watch

Karmella Haynes: Turning the Dials
Karmella Haynes: Turning the Dials
Karmella Haynes: Turning the Dials
Assistant Professor, Arizona State University. Age: 36

Lab Tools

Out, Damned Mycoplasma!
Out, Damned Mycoplasma!
Out, Damned Mycoplasma!
Pointers for keeping your cell cultures free of mycoplasma contamination

Special Section

PCR: Past, Present, & Future
PCR: Past, Present, & Future
PCR: Past, Present, & Future
Highlights from a webinar held by The Scientist to celebrate 30 years of PCR: the technique's invention, quantitative real-time PCR, and digital PCR

Careers

Weathering the Storm
Weathering the Storm
Weathering the Storm
How to prepare your lab for natural disasters and cope with unavoidable consequences

Reading Frames

Standing Up for Sex
Standing Up for Sex
Standing Up for Sex
Humans evolved the ability to walk on two legs because it allowed them to more accurately size up prospective mates. Or did they?

Capsule Reviews

Capsule Reviews
Capsule Reviews
Capsule Reviews
Tigers Forever, High Moon Over the Amazon, Earth from Space, and Medicine's Michelangelo

Foundations

Harrowing Egg Hunt, 1911
Harrowing Egg Hunt, 1911
Harrowing Egg Hunt, 1911
Three members of Robert Falcon Scott’s Terra Nova Antarctic expedition team trudged 225 kilometers in the dead of winter to retrieve emperor penguin eggs in an effort to establish an evolutionary link between birds and reptiles.