Features

Life Sciences Salary Survey 2011
Jef Akst and Edyta Zielinska | Dec 1, 2011
US salaries are starting to recover after last year’s survey recorded the first-ever drop.
Sensing Fat
Beverly J. Tepper and Kathleen L. Keller | Dec 1, 2011
Are genes that alter the perception of fat making us fat?
Matters of Taste
Thomas E. Finger and Sue C. Kinnamon | Dec 1, 2011
Compounds we perceive as sweet or bitter in the mouth trigger similar receptors and signaling pathways elsewhere in the body, helping to regulate digestion, respiration, and other systems.

Slideshows

Newts' New Eyes

Newts' New Eyes

Cut off a newt’s tail or a leg, or remove a lens from its eye, and it grows back. However, whether newts can continue to do this throughout their lives, or lose the ability as they get older, has remained a mystery. 

Teen DNA Detectives

Teen DNA Detectives

Genomicist Mark Stoeckle and three high school students have taken do-it-yourself science to a new level. 

Nari's Shark Bite

Nari's Shark Bite

In February 2009, a bottlenose dolphin named Nari swam up to the Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort on Moreton Island off Australia’s Queensland. 

Critic at Large

From Test Tube to Hypodermic Needle

From Test Tube to Hypodermic Needle

A prescription for educating the public on the value of using animals in medical research

Avoiding Animal Testing

Avoiding Animal Testing

Advances in cell-culture technologies are paving the way to the complete elimination of animals from the laboratory.

Editorial

A Truly Happy Return

A Truly Happy Return

After a roller-coaster of an October, The Scientist resumes publication under new ownership.

Scientist to Watch

Frank Bradke: Privy to Axon Growth

Frank Bradke: Privy to Axon Growth

Full Professor and Senior Research Group Leader, German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases. Age: 42

Reading Frames

Science and Stanzas

Science and Stanzas

A poet finds artistic inspiration in her work as a scientist and new perceptions in the lines and linkages of her art.

Speaking of Science

Speaking of The Scientist

Speaking of The Scientist

On hearing the news in early October that The Scientist would cease publication, our readers voiced their dismay. In mid-October, we were resurrected, and our readers came out again to express their relief.

Profile

Critical Connections

Critical Connections

Through a series of sustained collaborations, Joshua Sanes has deciphered the molecular synergy that guides synapse formation.

Notebook

Cetacean Cures

Cetacean Cures

Dolphins heal amazingly quickly from shark bites, with no swelling, infection, and seemingly little pain, but how do they do it?

Punch Drunk

Punch Drunk

After a concussion forces him to retire, a former pro-wrestler starts an institute to study the neurological effects of repeated brain injuries.

Eye of Newt

Eye of Newt

Researchers find that newts are capable of regenerating body parts well into old age.

Barcode High

Barcode High

The story of a group of high school students who, with the help of a Rockefeller University researcher, conducted and published studies on the biological provenance of sushi and teas from around New York City.

The Literature

Flight of the Honeybee

Flight of the Honeybee

Editor’s Choice in Neuroscience

Brake Failure

Brake Failure

Editor’s choice in Cell Biology

Breaching the Wall

Breaching the Wall

Editor’s choice in immunology

Contributors

Contributors

Contributors

Meet some of the people featured in the November/December 2011 issue of The Scientist.

Foundations

The Hyena Den, discovered 1821

The Hyena Den, discovered 1821

A 19th century geologist and minister investigates a prehistoric cave full of hyena bones in his native England.

Careers

Going Governmental

Going Governmental

Federal agencies offer interesting opportunities for researchers looking to do more than bench work.

Infographics

Taste in the Mouth, Gut, and Airways

Taste in the Mouth, Gut, and Airways

Taste in the Mouth, Gut, and Airways

The tongue may be the epicenter of taste sensation, but taste receptors are scattered throughout the digestive and respiratory tracts.
Supertaster Anatomy

Supertaster Anatomy

Supertaster Anatomy

The unique taste bud patterning in people who have super-charged senses of taste
Can We Taste Fats?

Can We Taste Fats?

Can We Taste Fats?

Researchers are close to finding a receptor directly triggered by fatty acids.

Modus Operandi

Flow Cytometry for the Masses

Flow Cytometry for the Masses

Tagging antibodies with rare earth metals instead of fluorescent molecules turns a veteran technique into a high-throughput powerhouse.

Lab Tools

Prime Time for Digital PCR

Prime Time for Digital PCR

A rundown of tools on the market and in development

Brainspotting

Brainspotting

New, minimally invasive techniques for seeing deep inside living brains