Features

Holding Their Ground
Holding Their Ground
Amanda B. Keener | Feb 1, 2016
To protect the global food supply, scientists want to understand—and enhance—plants’ natural resistance to pathogens.
The Mycobiome
The Mycobiome
Mahmoud Ghannoum | Feb 1, 2016
The largely overlooked resident fungal community plays a critical role in human health and disease.
Antibody Alternatives
Antibody Alternatives
Paul Ko Ferrigno, Jane McLeod | Feb 1, 2016
Nucleic acid aptamers and protein scaffolds could change the way researchers study biological processes and treat disease.

Contributors

Contributors
Contributors
Contributors
Meet some of the people featured in the February 2016 issue of The Scientist.

Editorial

Fighting Back
Fighting Back
Fighting Back
Plants can’t run away from attackers, so they’ve evolved unique immune defenses to protect themselves.

Speaking of Science

Speaking of Science
Speaking of Science
Speaking of Science
February 2016's selection of notable quotes

Notebook

Giraffe Diplomacy
Giraffe Diplomacy
Giraffe Diplomacy
Is the public dissection of zoo animals a boon to research and education, a PR nightmare, or both?
iDarwin
iDarwin
iDarwin
A synthetic interview with the father of evolutionary theory, now available as a smartphone app, teaches students and the public about the famed biologist.
Keep Off the Grass
Keep Off the Grass
Keep Off the Grass
Ecologists focused on grasslands urge policymakers to keep forestation efforts in check.
Life After Sequencing
Life After Sequencing
Life After Sequencing
Fifteen years after publication of the human genome’s first draft sequence, what has become of the hundreds of researchers who worked on the project?

Critic at Large

Scientific Literacy Redefined
Scientific Literacy Redefined
Scientific Literacy Redefined
Researchers could become better at engaging in public discourse by more fully considering the social and cultural contexts of their work.

Modus Operandi

Gene Editing Without Foreign DNA
Gene Editing Without Foreign DNA
Gene Editing Without Foreign DNA
Scientists perform plant-genome modifications on crops without using plasmids.

The Literature

Fungal Security Force
Fungal Security Force
Fungal Security Force
In yew trees, Taxol-producing fungi function as an immune system to ward off pathogens.
Hydropowered Pollen
Hydropowered Pollen
Hydropowered Pollen
A tension-sensing ion channel regulates hydration and germination in pollen.
Hormone Hangover
Hormone Hangover
Hormone Hangover
Medication to prevent prematurity in humans harms cognitive flexibility in rats.

Profile

Putting Down Roots
Putting Down Roots
Putting Down Roots
A survivor and a pioneer, Natasha Raikhel emigrated to the U.S. from Soviet Russia and made a career of studying protein trafficking in plants.

Scientist to Watch

Jason Holliday: Tree Tracker
Jason Holliday: Tree Tracker
Jason Holliday: Tree Tracker
Associate Professor, Virginia Tech, Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation. Age: 37

Lab Tools

Marriages of Opportunity
Marriages of Opportunity
Marriages of Opportunity
New ideas for antibody-drug conjugate design
Exercises for Your Abs
Exercises for Your Abs
Exercises for Your Abs
Companies make the antibodies, but it’s up to you to make sure they work in your experiments.

Careers

Getting the Word Out
Getting the Word Out
Getting the Word Out
In a shifting media landscape with a growing public interest in science, some researchers are doing their own PR.

Reading Frames

Mind and Matter
Mind and Matter
Mind and Matter
Research suggests that a combination of mental power and conventional medicine may be better than either alone.

Capsule Reviews

Capsule Reviews
Capsule Reviews
Capsule Reviews
What Should a Clever Moose Eat?, The Illusion of God's Presence, GMO Sapiens, and Why We Snap

Foundations

Mendel in the Hot Seat, 1902
Mendel in the Hot Seat, 1902
Mendel in the Hot Seat, 1902
Raphael Weldon’s critiques of Mendelian principles were 100 years ahead of his time.