cancer, microbiology, ecology
Fungus Repurposed a Bacterial Gene to Sense Gravity with Crystals
Fungus Repurposed a Bacterial Gene to Sense Gravity with Crystals
Viviane Callier | Apr 24, 2018
Rather than getting a gene for its original function, a horizontal gene transfer provides the raw material for evolutionary innovation.
Opinion: “Drug Sanctuaries” Offer Hope to a Post-Antibiotic World
Opinion: “Drug Sanctuaries” Offer Hope to a Post-Antibiotic World
Rees Kassen | Apr 24, 2018
Drug-free environments, such as a designated ward in a hospital, might reduce the strength of selection for resistance.
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.
Salk Institute Suspends Cancer Scientist Inder Verma
Salk Institute Suspends Cancer Scientist Inder Verma
Ashley Yeager | Apr 23, 2018
The prominent researcher has been put on administrative leave pending an investigation into unspecified allegations.
Mitochondrial DNA Plays a Role in Metastasis
Mitochondrial DNA Plays a Role in Metastasis
Kerry Grens | Apr 18, 2018
Experiments in mice show that mitochondria, both within the tumor and beyond, can make the difference between promoting or inhibiting cancer spread.
How Kidney Cancer Evolves
How Kidney Cancer Evolves
Jim Daley | Apr 18, 2018
Renal cell carcinoma tumors have three different evolutionary fates, each associated with specific clinical outcomes.
Immune Therapy Improves Lung Cancer Patients’ Survival
Immune Therapy Improves Lung Cancer Patients’ Survival
Jim Daley | Apr 17, 2018
Pembrolizumab combined with chemotherapy nearly doubles survival rates and shrinks tumors in some individuals.
Antibody Combo Expands Response to Checkpoint Inhibitor in Mice
Antibody Combo Expands Response to Checkpoint Inhibitor in Mice
Kerry Grens | Apr 16, 2018
Genetic analyses uncover cellular hallmarks of bladder cancer tumors that don’t respond, but interfering with one of those characteristics in a mouse model causes tumors to shrink.  
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.
Wound-Healing in Mice Triggers Growth of Dormant Tumors
Wound-Healing in Mice Triggers Growth of Dormant Tumors
Jim Daley | Apr 12, 2018
Treating mice with anti-inflammatory drugs following surgery reduced the size of tumors.