agriculture, immunology, cell & molecular biology
Circulating Mitochondrial DNA Alerts Immune System to Danger
Circulating Mitochondrial DNA Alerts Immune System to Danger
Katarina Zimmer | Mar 1, 2018
In response to short DNA fragments, lymphocytes release mitochondrial DNA that helps trigger an immune response.
Eat Yourself to Live: Autophagy’s Role in Health and Disease
Eat Yourself to Live: Autophagy’s Role in Health and Disease
Vikramjit Lahiri and Daniel J. Klionsky | Mar 1, 2018
New details of the molecular process by which our cells consume themselves point to therapeutic potential.
Infographic: From Sediments to Sequences
Infographic: From Sediments to Sequences
Catherine Offord | Feb 28, 2018
How to analyze ancient proteins
Russian Sites Promote Anti-GMO Articles, Study Finds
Russian Sites Promote Anti-GMO Articles, Study Finds
Jim Daley | Feb 28, 2018
RT and Sputnik publish stories about GMOs more often than US outlets, and typically portray them in a negative light.
Fat Cells Travel to Heal Wounds in Flies
Fat Cells Travel to Heal Wounds in Flies
Kerry Grens | Feb 28, 2018
Previously considered immobile, these cells swoop in to seal epithelial holes and clean up cellular detritus.  
Nobel Prize–Winning Biologist Dies
Nobel Prize–Winning Biologist Dies
Catherine Offord | Feb 20, 2018
Günter Blobel, known for his work on the signal hypothesis of protein targeting, has died from cancer at age 81.
Stem Cell Vaccine Protects Mice From Cancer
Stem Cell Vaccine Protects Mice From Cancer
Ruth Williams | Feb 15, 2018
Stem cells and cancer cells have enough molecular similarities that the former can be used to trigger immunity against the latter.
Book Excerpt from <em>How to Feed the World</em>
Book Excerpt from How to Feed the World
Uris Baldos | Feb 11, 2018
In chapter 5, “The Technology Ticket,” contributing author Uris Baldos urges acceptance and investment in “precision agriculture” to provide for a burgeoning global population.
How Toxic is the World’s Most Popular Herbicide Roundup?
How Toxic is the World’s Most Popular Herbicide Roundup?
Katarina Zimmer | Feb 7, 2018
Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is designed to be toxic to plants, but scientists observe some untoward effects on animals in the lab. 
Image of the Day: Colorado Potato Beetles
Image of the Day: Colorado Potato Beetles
The Scientist Staff | Feb 6, 2018
Leptinotarsa decemlineata has been decimating agricultural crops since at least the 19th century, and by sequencing its genome researchers hope to explore new strategies for controlling the pest.