Cover Story

Outbreak Observatory
Outbreak Observatory
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jul 1, 2015
Increasingly precise remote-sensing data are helping researchers monitor and predict cases of infectious disease.

Features

Driven to Extinction
Driven to Extinction
Jef Akst | Jul 1, 2015
The eradication of smallpox set the standard for the global elimination of a devastating infectious disease. Will the ongoing polio and guinea worm campaigns be as successful?
The Sum of Our Parts
The Sum of Our Parts
Janice Dietert, Rodney Dietert | Jul 1, 2015
Putting the microbiome front and center in health care, in preventive strategies, and in health-risk assessments could stem the epidemic of noncommunicable diseases.

Contributors

Contributors

Contributors

Contributors

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

Editorial

Intelligence Gathering

Intelligence Gathering

Intelligence Gathering

Disease eradication in the 21st century

Speaking of Science

Speaking of Science

Speaking of Science

Speaking of Science

July 2015's selection of notable quotes

Notebook

The Lies That Scars Tell

The Lies That Scars Tell

The Lies That Scars Tell

Macaque trainers in Bangladesh are often bitten by their monkeys, but rarely infected by a particular simian retrovirus.
Brrrr-ying the Results

Brrrr-ying the Results

Brrrr-ying the Results

Holding laboratory mice at temperatures lower than those the animals prefer could be altering their physiology and skewing experimental results.
Hunting Off the Hook?

Hunting Off the Hook?

Hunting Off the Hook?

Historical data shed new light on the possible causes of southern sea lion decline in the Falkland Islands.
High-Flying Ducks

High-Flying Ducks

High-Flying Ducks

Five species of waterfowl have evolved a variety of adaptations to adjust to the high altitude of South America’s Lake Titicaca.

Critic at Large

When Does a Smart Mouse Become Human?

When Does a Smart Mouse Become Human?

When Does a Smart Mouse Become Human?

Ethical issues attend the creation of animal-human chimeras.

Modus Operandi

How to Make a New Species

How to Make a New Species

How to Make a New Species

Scientists mutate a mating pheromone and its corresponding receptor in yeast to promote speciation.

The Literature

1 + 1 = 1

1 + 1 = 1

1 + 1 = 1

Nutrient levels in soil don’t add up when food chains combine.
Sponging Up Phosphorus

Sponging Up Phosphorus

Sponging Up Phosphorus

Symbiotic bacteria in Caribbean reef sponges store polyphosphate granules, possibly explaining why phosphorous is so scarce in coral reef ecosystems.
Metazoans in the DNAi Club

Metazoans in the DNAi Club

Metazoans in the DNAi Club

A chance discovery results in the first report of DNA-based gene silencing in an animal.

Profile

Sold on Symbiosis

Sold on Symbiosis

Sold on Symbiosis

A love of the ocean lured Nicole Dubilier into science; gutless sea worms and their nurturing bacterial symbionts keep her at the leading edge of marine microbiology.

Scientist to Watch

Shawn Douglas: DNA Programmer

Shawn Douglas: DNA Programmer

Shawn Douglas: DNA Programmer

Assistant professor, Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, University of California, San Francisco. Age: 34

Lab Tools

Tools for Drools

Tools for Drools

Tools for Drools

A general guide to collecting and processing saliva
Breaking Down Barriers

Breaking Down Barriers

Breaking Down Barriers

Finding and recruiting diverse populations for clinical studies

Careers

Staying Active in the Lab

Staying Active in the Lab

Staying Active in the Lab

Retiring as a professor, and even shutting down your own lab, doesn’t necessarily mean quitting research.

Reading Frames

The War Rages On

The War Rages On

The War Rages On

Conflict between science and religion continues, with effects on health, politics, and the environment.

Capsule Reviews

Capsule Reviews

Capsule Reviews

Capsule Reviews

Stoned, Anxious, The Deeper Genome, and Testosterone

Foundations

Half Mile Down, 1934

Half Mile Down, 1934

Half Mile Down, 1934

In his bathysphere, William Beebe plumbed the ocean to record-setting depths.