cell & molecular biology, evolution, disease & medicine
Week in Review: January 20–24
Week in Review: January 20–24
Tracy Vence | Jan 24, 2014
Mistimed sleep disrupts human transcriptome; canine tumor genome; de novo Drosophila genes; UVA light lowers blood pressure; aquatic microfauna fight frog-killing fungus
<em>Drosophila</em>’s New Genes
Drosophila’s New Genes
Jef Akst | Jan 23, 2014
An analysis of the transcriptomes of several fruit fly strains reveals dozens of possible de novo genes in each.
The Shared Perfumes of Queens
The Shared Perfumes of Queens
Ed Yong | Jan 16, 2014
Ant, bee, and wasp queens emit a similar class of pheromones that sterilize their workers, hinting at a shared ancestry for these chemicals.
Clocks Versus Rocks
Clocks Versus Rocks
Ed Yong | Jan 14, 2014
A new analysis suggests that placental mammals originated while dinosaurs were dominant, contradicting a recent high-profile study.
Human-Pathogen Coevolution
Human-Pathogen Coevolution
Jef Akst | Jan 13, 2014
Helicobacter pylori strains that share ancestry with their human hosts are less likely to cause severe disease.
Book Excerpt from The Monkey’s Voyage
Book Excerpt from The Monkey’s Voyage
Alan de Queiroz | Jan 1, 2014
In Chapter 7, “The Green Web,” author Alan de Queiroz describes the evolutionary journey taken by a South American species of sundew plant.
Speaking of Science
Speaking of Science
The Scientist Staff | Jan 1, 2014
January 2014's selection of notable quotes
Evolution’s Stowaways
Evolution’s Stowaways
Alan de Queiroz | Jan 1, 2014
Terrestrial mammals, carnivorous plants, and even burrowing reptiles have spread around the globe by braving the seven seas. These chance ocean crossings are rewriting the story of Earth’s biogeography.
Drawn to Controversy
Drawn to Controversy
Megan Scudellari | Jan 1, 2014
By digging through dusty storerooms and reading dead people’s mail, science historian and philosopher Michael Dietrich keeps biologists attuned to the past and mindful of the present.
Bacterial Persisters
Bacterial Persisters
Kerry Grens | Jan 1, 2014
A bacterial gene shuts down the cell's own protein synthesis, which sends the bacterium into dormancy and allows it to outlast antibiotics.