Features

Out of Sync
Out of Sync
Kerry Grens | Sep 1, 2013
Why eating at the wrong times is tied to such profound and negative effects on our bodies
Organs on Demand
Organs on Demand
Kate Yandell | Sep 1, 2013
3-D printing has made inroads in the clinic, but constructing functional complex organs still faces major hurdles.
Going Viral
Going Viral
Breeann Kirby and Jeremy J. Barr | Sep 1, 2013
From therapeutics to gene transfer, bacteriophages offer a sustainable and powerful method of controlling microbes.

Contributors

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

Editorial

You Are <em>When</em> You Eat
You Are When You Eat
You Are When You Eat
Circadian time zones and metabolism

Speaking of Science

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

Notebook

Cetacean Cacophony
Cetacean Cacophony
Cetacean Cacophony
Seafloor seismometers record hundreds of thousands of fin whale calls, allowing marine geophysicists to track the elusive marine mammals.
A Hair-Raising Solution?
A Hair-Raising Solution?
A Hair-Raising Solution?
In the long-fought battle against baldness, researchers are finally identifying molecular pathways that can be manipulated to generate new hair follicles.
A Farewell  to Parasites
A Farewell to Parasites
A Farewell to Parasites
Despite a fierce civil war, scientists led a 14-year grassroots campaign that has eradicated a parasitic disease from northern Sudan.
A Bone-Deep Kinship
A Bone-Deep Kinship
A Bone-Deep Kinship
A Neanderthal rib fragment provides conclusive evidence that the ancient hominins were susceptible to a benign bone tumor of modern humans.

Thought Experiment

Putting the Men in Menopause
Putting the Men in Menopause
Putting the Men in Menopause
Can mating behavior explain the evolution of menopause in humans?
Why Women Lose Fertility
Why Women Lose Fertility
Why Women Lose Fertility
Mating behavior is an unlikely driver of women's reproductive aging.

Modus Operandi

Precision Epigenetics
Precision Epigenetics
Precision Epigenetics
Visualizing specific epigenetic marks at single gene loci is now possible in individual cells.

The Literature

Shell Sculpture
Shell Sculpture
Shell Sculpture
A mathematical model explains the physical mechanisms behind the formation of seashell spines, an insight that could shed light on the convergent evolution of the trait.
Flexible Cells
Flexible Cells
Flexible Cells
When stretched, lung cells signal to each other by releasing ATP.
Microbial Fuel Factories
Microbial Fuel Factories
Microbial Fuel Factories
An archaeon takes the first steps toward making a liquid fuel from carbon dioxide and hydrogen gas.

Profile

Coastal Command
Coastal Command
Coastal Command
From a tiny marine research center on the Louisiana coast, Nancy Rabalais has led the charge to map, understand, and reduce dangerous “dead zones” in the Gulf of Mexico.

Scientist to Watch

Michael Smith: Biomechanic
Michael Smith: Biomechanic
Michael Smith: Biomechanic
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Boston University. Age: 37

Lab Tools

Sensing a Little Tension
Sensing a Little Tension
Sensing a Little Tension
Tools and techniques for measuring forces in living cells
Beauty, Science-Deep
Beauty, Science-Deep
Beauty, Science-Deep
Cosmetics companies use advanced genomics and in vitro technology to make skin look young and vibrant—you may never view the makeup aisle the same way again.

Bio Business

Remaking a Classic
Remaking a Classic
Remaking a Classic
Companies are bursting at the seams with tools to engineer pharma’s next magic bullet: the new and improved antibody.

Reading Frames

A New Way of Seeing
A New Way of Seeing
A New Way of Seeing
Inspiration and controversy attended the birth of magnetic resonance imaging, a diagnostic technology that changed the course of human medicine.

Capsule Reviews

Capsule Reviews
Capsule Reviews
Capsule Reviews
Rocket Girl, The Cancer Chronicles, Abominable Science!, and The Sports Gene

Foundations

Lords of the Fly, circa 1910
Lords of the Fly, circa 1910
Lords of the Fly, circa 1910
In a cramped lab overflowing with fruit flies, Thomas Hunt Morgan and his protégés made the discoveries that laid the foundations of modern genetics.