agriculture, immunology, evolution
Bats May Have Taken on Viruses To Stay in Flight
Bats May Have Taken on Viruses To Stay in Flight
Ashley Yeager | Feb 23, 2018
Dampening the immune response to stay up in the air may have helped bats become tolerant to viral infections.
Strong Tides May Have Driven Ancient Fish to Dry Land
Strong Tides May Have Driven Ancient Fish to Dry Land
Jim Daley | Feb 15, 2018
A closer moon and ideal coastal conditions for tide pool formation may have started the evolutionary transition of tetrapods.
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.
Amazonian Fish Genome Challenges Long-Held Assumptions About Asexual Reproduction
Amazonian Fish Genome Challenges Long-Held Assumptions About Asexual Reproduction
Jim Daley | Feb 15, 2018
Poecilia formosa, an all-female fish species, has a surprisingly robust genome. 
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.
Researchers Develop Potential Blood Test for Alzheimer’s Disease
Researchers Develop Potential Blood Test for Alzheimer’s Disease
Catherine Offord | Feb 2, 2018
The test uses levels of plasma amyloid-β to estimate the buildup of protein plaques in the brain.
Contributors
Contributors
Katarina Zimmer | Feb 1, 2018
Meet some of the people featured in the February 2018 issue of The Scientist.
An Enduring Partnership
An Enduring Partnership
Bob Grant | Feb 1, 2018
Humanity would be nothing without plants. It’s high time we recognize their crucial role in sustaining life on Earth.