cell and molecular biology, ecology, immunology
Bats Make a Comeback
Bats Make a Comeback
Molly Sharlach | Dec 22, 2014
Citizen-scientist data obtained through the U.K.’s National Bat Monitoring Programme show that populations of 10 bat species have stabilized or are growing.
Repurposed Retroviruses
Repurposed Retroviruses
Ruth Williams | Dec 18, 2014
B cells have commandeered ancient viral sequences in the genome to transmit antigen signals.
Platelets Fan Inflammation
Platelets Fan Inflammation
Kate Yandell | Dec 4, 2014
The circulating blood cells bind to neutrophils, prompting inflammation-related activity in these immune cell partners.
Gut Microbes Trigger Malaria-Fighting Antibodies
Gut Microbes Trigger Malaria-Fighting Antibodies
Molly Sharlach | Dec 4, 2014
A carbohydrate antigen found on cells of E. coli and other species prompts a potent immune response against malaria-causing parasites in mice.
All Systems Go
All Systems Go
Anna Azvolinsky | Dec 1, 2014
Alan Aderem earned his PhD while under house arrest for protesting apartheid in South Africa. His early political involvement has guided his scientific focus, encouraging fellow systems biologists to study immunology and infectious diseases.
Bespoke Cell Jackets
Bespoke Cell Jackets
Ruth Williams | Dec 1, 2014
Scientists make hydrogel coats for individual cells that can be tailored to specific research questions.
Along Came a Spider
Along Came a Spider
Jef Akst | Dec 1, 2014
Researchers are turning to venom peptides to protect crops from their most devastating pests.
A Race Against Extinction
A Race Against Extinction
A. Marmaduke Kilpatrick | Dec 1, 2014
Bat populations ravaged; hundreds of amphibian species driven to extinction; diverse groups of birds threatened. Taking risks will be necessary to control deadly wildlife pathogens.
Virus May Explain “Melting” Sea Stars
Virus May Explain “Melting” Sea Stars
Molly Sharlach | Nov 19, 2014
Researchers discover a densovirus that is associated with sea star wasting disease.
Hairy Situation for Wolves
Hairy Situation for Wolves
Molly Sharlach | Nov 16, 2014
Researchers find high stress hormone levels in the hair of hunted wolves in Northern Canada.