Cover Story

Crowd Control
Crowd Control
Cristina Luiggi | Jul 1, 2013
Molecules, cells, or vertebrates—when individuals move and act as a single unit, surprisingly complex behaviors arise that hint at the origins of multicellularity.

Features

An Ocean of Viruses
An Ocean of Viruses
Joshua S. Weitz and Steven W. Wilhelm | Jul 1, 2013
Viruses abound in the world’s oceans, yet researchers are only beginning to understand how they affect life and chemistry from the water’s surface to the sea floor.
Worried Sick
Worried Sick
Megan Scudellari | Jul 1, 2013
Expectations can make you ill. Fear can make you fragile. Understanding the nocebo effect may help prevent this painful phenomenon.

Contributors

Contributors

Contributors

Contributors

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

Editorial

Beach Reading

Beach Reading

Beach Reading

A vacation from your lab doesn’t have to mean a break from fascinating developments on the life science front.

Speaking of Science

Speaking of Science

Speaking of Science

Speaking of Science

July 2013's selection of notable quotes

Notebook

Science on Lockdown

Science on Lockdown

Science on Lockdown

A forest ecologist comes down from the canopy to bring science to the masses, forming a series of improbable collaborations with prisoners.
The Turtle That Never Was

The Turtle That Never Was

The Turtle That Never Was

A species of freshwater turtle deemed to be extinct may never have existed in the first place.
The Long View

The Long View

The Long View

In the era of Big Data, research projects that focus on phenomena that unfold across decades have distinct benefits—and some drawbacks.
Sticking Power

Sticking Power

Sticking Power

An adhesive inspired by a parasitic worm could help better affix skin grafts in burn patients.

Critic at Large

Debating Bioethics Openly

Debating Bioethics Openly

Debating Bioethics Openly

Researchers and bioethicists need to take advantage of events such as the recent publication of the HeLa genome to engage the public on topics of privacy, biobank regulation, and more.
Opinion: On Patenting Genes

Opinion: On Patenting Genes

Opinion: On Patenting Genes

The scientific community and the impact of the Myriad Genetics Supreme Court decision

Modus Operandi

Narrow Straits

Narrow Straits

Narrow Straits

Transfecting molecules into cells is as easy as one, two, squeeze.

The Literature

Groovy Color

Groovy Color

Groovy Color

To control their color displays, squid fine-tune the optical properties of light-reflecting cells by rapidly expelling and imbibing water across a tightly pleated membrane
Transport Breakdown

Transport Breakdown

Transport Breakdown

Deficiencies in a cellular motor that carries a serotonin receptor are associated with anxiety in mice.
Cool Genes

Cool Genes

Cool Genes

A thermosensitive ion channel helps C. elegans live longer at cold temperatures.

Profile

Master of Fate

Master of Fate

Master of Fate

While tracing the tricky and sometimes surprising paths of multipotent cells in the skin, mammary gland, and heart, Cédric Blanpain has repeatedly turned the stem cell field on its head.
 

Scientist to Watch

Peter Cornish: Ribosome Cowboy

Peter Cornish: Ribosome Cowboy

Peter Cornish: Ribosome Cowboy

Assistant Professor, Biochemistry, University of Missouri. Age: 35

Lab Tools

Bio Business

Innovation Nation

Innovation Nation

Innovation Nation

Already a world leader in high-tech entrepreneurship, Israel is now flexing its biotech muscles.

Reading Frames

Widening the Fertile Window

Widening the Fertile Window

Widening the Fertile Window

Women may be able to store viable sperm for longer than a week, thus contributing to apparent variability in pregnancy lengths.

Capsule Reviews

Capsule Reviews

Capsule Reviews

Capsule Reviews

Denial, Probably Approximately Correct, Permanent Present Tense, and Against Their Will

Foundations

Side-Chain Theory, circa 1900

Side-Chain Theory, circa 1900

Side-Chain Theory, circa 1900

Paul Ehrlich came up with an explanation for cellular interactions based on receptors, earning a Nobel Prize and the title "Father of Modern Immunology"—only to have his theory forgotten.