Special Issue Feature
Plants’ Epigenetic Secrets
Plants’ Epigenetic Secrets
Jef Akst | Feb 1, 2017
Unlike animals, plants stably pass on their DNA methylomes from one generation to the next. The resulting gene silencing likely hides an abundance of phenotypic variation.
Thirty Years of Progress
Thirty Years of Progress
The Scientist Staff | Oct 1, 2016
Since The Scientist published its first issue in October 1986, life-science research has transformed from a manual and often tedious task to a high-tech, largely automated process of unprecedented efficiency.
Microbes Meet Cancer
Microbes Meet Cancer
Kate Yandell | Apr 1, 2016
Understanding cancer’s relationship with the human microbiome could transform immune-modulating therapies.
A Different Way of Doing Things
A Different Way of Doing Things
Kivanç Birsoy and David M. Sabatini | Apr 1, 2016
Cancer cells exhibit altered metabolic processes that may serve as promising targets for new therapies.
The Forces of Cancer
The Forces of Cancer
Lance L. Munn and Rakesh K. Jain | Apr 1, 2016
A tumor’s physical environment fuels its growth and causes treatment resistance.
Hearing Help
Hearing Help
Kate Yandell | Sep 1, 2015
For decades, the only remedies for hearing loss were devices such as hearing aids or cochlear implants. Now, the first pharmaceutical treatments may be on the way.
 
Opinion: Synthesizing Life
J. Craig Venter | Oct 1, 2011
Designing genomes from scratch will be the next revolution in biology.
Opinion: Evolving Engineering
George M. Church | Oct 1, 2011
Exploiting the unique properties of living systems makes synthetic biologists better engineers.
Opinion: Research and Debt Reduction
Mary Woolley | Oct 1, 2011
Investing more federal dollars in life science research may save the US economy.
A Not-So-Short Circuit?
Edyta Zielinska | Oct 1, 2011
As neuroscientists look to the future of their field, they are beginning to delve into more complex factors that define our emotions and intentions.