blastocyst, developmental biology, neuroscience
Computers That Can Smell
Computers That Can Smell
Kerry Grens | May 1, 2017
Teams of modelers compete to develop algorithms for estimating how people will perceive a particular odor from its molecular characteristics.
Glia Guru
Glia Guru
Anna Azvolinsky | May 1, 2017
Ben Barres recast glial cells from supporting actors to star performers, crucial for synaptic plasticity in the brain and for preventing neurodegenerative disorders.
Embryonic Evolution Through Ernst Haeckel’s Eyes
Embryonic Evolution Through Ernst Haeckel’s Eyes
Diana Kwon | May 1, 2017
The 19th century biologist’s drawings, tainted by scandal, helped bolster, then later dismiss, his biogenetic law.
Contributors
Contributors
Diana Kwon | May 1, 2017
Meet some of the people featured in the May 2017 issue of The Scientist.
Macrophages Physically Relay Signals Between Cell Types
Macrophages Physically Relay Signals Between Cell Types
Catherine Offord | May 1, 2017
Time-lapse imaging shows the immune cells transferring chemical signals during pigment pattern formation in developing zebrafish.
Understanding Body Ownership and Agency
Understanding Body Ownership and Agency
Roman Liepelt and Jack Brooks | May 1, 2017
Understanding how people recognize and control their own bodies could help researchers develop therapies for those who’ve lost their sense of self.
Myelin Basics
Myelin Basics
The Scientist Staff | Apr 30, 2017
May Profilee Ben Barres of Stanford University discusses how understanding the basic biology of myelination could help patients with multiple sclerosis and other diseases.
Infographic: How the Zebrafish Got Its Stripes
Infographic: How the Zebrafish Got Its Stripes
Catherine Offord | Apr 30, 2017
Immune cells called macrophages shuttle cellular messages in the skin.
Developing Brains in Dishes
Developing Brains in Dishes
Ashley P. Taylor | Apr 26, 2017
Two studies report methods to mimic human fetal brain development using neurons derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells that form 3-D, brain-like structures. 
Artificial Womb Supports Premature Fetal Lamb Development
Artificial Womb Supports Premature Fetal Lamb Development
Tracy Vence | Apr 25, 2017
The lungs of extremely premature lambs supported in a closed, sterile environment that enables fluid-based gas exchange grow and develop normally, researchers report.