ants, disease & medicine
Colorblindness Study Reveals Unexpected Way to Make Blood Vessels
Colorblindness Study Reveals Unexpected Way to Make Blood Vessels
Ashley Yeager | May 1, 2018
Researchers stumbled across the connection while searching for ways to reduce vision problems in people with achromatopsia.
Image of the Day: Ant Attack!
Image of the Day: Ant Attack!
The Scientist Staff | Apr 24, 2018
A new species of ant discovered in Borneo fends off invaders with a uniquely suicidal strategy.
Birth Defects Linked to Increased Risk of Childhood Cancer
Birth Defects Linked to Increased Risk of Childhood Cancer
Jim Daley | Apr 15, 2018
Certain non-chromosomal defects are strongly associated with specific childhood cancers.
Contributors
Contributors
The Scientist Staff | Apr 1, 2018
Meet some of the people featured in the April 2018 issue of The Scientist.
Infected Ants Chemically Attract Workers to Destroy Them
Infected Ants Chemically Attract Workers to Destroy Them
Jim Daley | Apr 1, 2018
Social insects kill infected individuals for the benefit of the colony—and now a study has shown how they know who’s sick.
Zika Linked to More Neurological Problems in Adults
Zika Linked to More Neurological Problems in Adults
Kerry Grens | Aug 14, 2017
A review of several dozen hospitalized patients in Brazil finds neurological conditions, including inflammation of the brain and spinal cord, in addition to Guillain-Barre syndrome.
Researchers Grow “Frankenstein Ants” to Study Epigenetics
Researchers Grow “Frankenstein Ants” to Study Epigenetics
Jeffrey M. Perkel | Oct 1, 2016
A molecular biologist ventures into entomology to use genetically modified ants as laboratory models of behavioral epigenetics.
Behavior Brief
Behavior Brief
Ben Andrew Henry | Sep 23, 2016
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
Methylation’s Role in Eusocial Insect Behavior Questioned
Methylation’s Role in Eusocial Insect Behavior Questioned
Catherine Offord | Jan 22, 2016
Researchers re-examine the evidence for DNA methylation as the cause of behavioral differences among social insects.
Epigenetic Alterations Determine Ant Behavior
Epigenetic Alterations Determine Ant Behavior
Bob Grant | Jan 4, 2016
Histone modifications to the DNA of Florida carpenter ants can turn soldiers into foragers.