behavior, books, history
Book Excerpt from <em>Natural Defense</em>
Book Excerpt from Natural Defense
Emily Monosson | Jul 16, 2017
In Chapter 3, “The Enemy of Our Enemy Is Our Friend: Infecting the Infection,” author Emily Monosson makes the case for bacteriophage therapy in the treatment of infectious disease.
Snake Sex Determination Dogma Overturned
Snake Sex Determination Dogma Overturned
Abby Olena | Jul 6, 2017
Researchers find that boas and pythons use an XY sex chromosome system, rather than the previously assumed ZW system found in some other snakes.
Genes Tied to Wasps Recognizing Faces
Genes Tied to Wasps Recognizing Faces
Ashley P. Taylor | Jun 14, 2017
The brains of Polistes paper wasps express different genes when identifying faces than when distinguishing between simple patterns, a study finds.
Art’s Diagnosticians
Art’s Diagnosticians
Abby Olena | Jun 12, 2017
Physicians peer into the subjects of artistic masterpieces, and find new perspective on their own approach to diagnosing maladies.
Insect Cuticle Aids Spiders’ Traps
Insect Cuticle Aids Spiders’ Traps
Sandhya Sekar | Jun 2, 2017
Prey stick to orb-weaver spider webs because their waxy outer layers mesh with spider silk to form a matrix glue.
How Moral Disgust Can Simultaneously Protect and Endanger Humanity
How Moral Disgust Can Simultaneously Protect and Endanger Humanity
Robert Sapolsky | Jun 1, 2017
The human brain’s insular cortex is adept at registering distaste for everything from rotten fruit to unfamiliar cultures.
Genes’ Composition Guides More-Optimal Diets
Genes’ Composition Guides More-Optimal Diets
Ruth Williams | Jun 1, 2017
Fruit flies and mice grow better and eat less when the amino acid balance of their food reflects that coded by their exomes.
Self-Experimentation Led to the Discovery of IgE
Self-Experimentation Led to the Discovery of IgE
Andrea Anderson | Jun 1, 2017
In the 1960s, immunologists took matters into their own hands—and under their own skin—to characterize an immunoglobulin involved in allergies.
Book Excerpt from <em>Behave</em>
Book Excerpt from Behave
Robert Sapolsky | May 31, 2017
In the book’s introduction, author and neuroendocrinologist Robert Sapolsky explains his fascination with the biology of violence and other dark parts of human behavior.
Infographic: Cook Up an Exome-Based Diet
Infographic: Cook Up an Exome-Based Diet
Ruth Williams | May 31, 2017
See how scientists designed food with amino acid compositions based on protein-coding regions in the genomes of mice and fruit flies.