Cover Story

Ghosts in the Genome
Ghosts in the Genome
Oliver J. Rando | Dec 1, 2015
How one generation’s experience can affect the next

Features

Cellular Rehab
Cellular Rehab
Elie Dolgin | Dec 1, 2015
Physical therapy and exercise are critical to the success of cell therapies approaching the clinic.
Top 10 Innovations 2015
Top 10 Innovations 2015
The Scientist Staff | Dec 1, 2015
The newest life-science products making waves in labs and clinics

Contributors

Contributors
Contributors
Contributors
Meet some of the people featured in the December 2015 issue of The Scientist.

Editorial

Family Ties
Family Ties
Family Ties
There’s more to inheritance than genes.

Speaking of Science

Speaking of Science
Speaking of Science
Speaking of Science
December 2015's selection of notable quotes

Notebook

A Rainforest Chorus
A Rainforest Chorus
A Rainforest Chorus
Researchers measure the health of Papua New Guinea’s forests by analyzing the ecological soundscape.
Sneeze O'Clock
Sneeze O'Clock
Sneeze O'Clock
Is a nasal circadian clock to blame for allergy symptoms flaring up in the morning?
Urban Owl-Fitters
Urban Owl-Fitters
Urban Owl-Fitters
How birds with an innate propensity for living among humans are establishing populations in cities
Vegan Gators
Vegan Gators
Vegan Gators
Researchers are converting carnivores into herbivores in a bid to make raising animals such as alligators, trout, and salmon more sustainable.

Critic at Large

Scientific Misconduct: Red Flags
Scientific Misconduct: Red Flags
Scientific Misconduct: Red Flags
Warning signs that scandal might be brewing in your lab
 
Explaining Retractions
Explaining Retractions
Explaining Retractions
Editors and publishers should use a standardized form to detail why they are pulling papers from the scientific literature.

Modus Operandi

Single-Cell Suck-and-Spray
Single-Cell Suck-and-Spray
Single-Cell Suck-and-Spray
A nanoscopic needle and a mass spectrometer reveal the contents of individual cells.

The Literature

Getting Back in Shape
Getting Back in Shape
Getting Back in Shape
Contrary to years of research suggesting otherwise, most aggregated proteins regain their shape and functionality following heat shock.
Carry-On Luggage
Carry-On Luggage
Carry-On Luggage
Without a vacuole, cell-cycle progression stalls out in yeast cells.
Looking for Loners
Looking for Loners
Looking for Loners
A new algorithm opens doors for detecting rare cell types in mRNA sequencing.

Profile

The Regenerator
The Regenerator
The Regenerator
In his search for effective therapies for Parkinson’s disease, Lorenz Studer is uncovering pluripotency switches and clues to what makes cells age.

Scientist to Watch

Gia Voeltz: Cellular Cartographer
Gia Voeltz: Cellular Cartographer
Gia Voeltz: Cellular Cartographer
Associate Professor, Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder. Age: 43

Lab Tools

It’s Getting Hot in Here
It’s Getting Hot in Here
It’s Getting Hot in Here
Methods for taking a cell's temperature
Free Flow
Free Flow
Free Flow
A sampling of free software for flow cytometry data analysis

Careers

Self Correction
Self Correction
Self Correction
What to do when you realize your publication is fatally flawed

Reading Frames

Out of Europe?
Out of Europe?
Out of Europe?
Instead of getting its start in Africa, humanity may have had more Continental roots. 

Capsule Reviews

Capsule Reviews
Capsule Reviews
Capsule Reviews
Welcome to the Microbiome, The Paradox of Evolution, Newton's Apple, and Dawn of the Neuron.

Foundations

The Cyclopes of Idaho, 1950s
The Cyclopes of Idaho, 1950s
The Cyclopes of Idaho, 1950s
A rash of deformed lambs eventually led to the creation of a cancer-fighting agent.