From Nature Lover to Structural Biologist: A Scientist’s Journey
From Nature Lover to Structural Biologist: A Scientist’s Journey
A gift of medical books from an unlikely source spurred Chrystal Starbird’s scientific career. She talks about what motivates her research on cell surface receptors and the obstacles she has faced as a Black woman in academia.
From Nature Lover to Structural Biologist: A Scientist’s Journey
From Nature Lover to Structural Biologist: A Scientist’s Journey

A gift of medical books from an unlikely source spurred Chrystal Starbird’s scientific career. She talks about what motivates her research on cell surface receptors and the obstacles she has faced as a Black woman in academia.

A gift of medical books from an unlikely source spurred Chrystal Starbird’s scientific career. She talks about what motivates her research on cell surface receptors and the obstacles she has faced as a Black woman in academia.

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Q&A: New Trials Tackle COVID-19 Vaccines in Pregnancy
Q&A: New Trials Tackle COVID-19 Vaccines in Pregnancy
Catherine Shaffer | Feb 25, 2021
Geeta Swamy of Duke University School of Medicine speaks with The Scientist about starting what she considers a long-overdue clinical study of COVID-19 vaccines in pregnant women.
Certain Color Varieties of a Coral Are More Protected from Bleaching
Certain Color Varieties of a Coral Are More Protected from Bleaching
Lisa Winter | Feb 25, 2021
In yellow-green and purple versions of the reef-building Acropora tenuis, the genes that code for particular fluorescent and other colorful proteins become more active in the summer, protecting symbiotic algae from thermal stress and resisting bleaching.
Q&A: Parachute Science in Coral Reef Research
Q&A: Parachute Science in Coral Reef Research
Asher Jones | Feb 24, 2021
Scientists who study the marine ecosystems have frequently failed to involve local researchers in projects, a study finds.
Questions Raised About How an Ancient Hominin Moved
Questions Raised About How an Ancient Hominin Moved
Abby Olena | Feb 24, 2021
A new analysis of the hand of the 4.4-million-year-old partial skeleton of Ardipithecus ramidus indicates that the human ancestor may have climbed and swung through trees like chimpanzees do.
COVID-19 Hospitalizations Tank a Month After Vaccines Roll Out
COVID-19 Hospitalizations Tank a Month After Vaccines Roll Out
Asher Jones | Feb 23, 2021
Two preliminary reports from the UK provide real-world evidence in support of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines.
UK Announces “High-Risk, High-Reward” Research Development Agency
UK Announces “High-Risk, High-Reward” Research Development Agency
Lisa Winter | Feb 23, 2021
The program, known as ARIA, will be independent and scientist-led.
Researchers Exchange Messages with Dreamers
Researchers Exchange Messages with Dreamers
Asher Jones | Feb 18, 2021
Dreamers answered experimenters’ questions or solved simple math problems, showing that complex two-way communication between the dreaming and waking world is possible.
Thousands of Sea Turtles Immobilized by Brutal Texas Winter Storm
Thousands of Sea Turtles Immobilized by Brutal Texas Winter Storm
Lisa Winter | Feb 18, 2021
Volunteers have been working around the clock to rescue the animals found stunned on the beach.
Organoids Repair Bile Ducts
Organoids Repair Bile Ducts
Abby Olena | Feb 18, 2021
Researchers determined that when introduced into damaged mouse or donated human livers, these lab-grown tissues could integrate into bile ducts and function normally.