cognitive science, immunology, genetics & genomics, developmental biology
Families of Children with Rare Diseases Fuel Gene Therapy Research
Families of Children with Rare Diseases Fuel Gene Therapy Research
The Scientist Staff | May 1, 2018
Crowdfunding can power investigations into diseases that would otherwise receive little attention.
A Devastating Diagnosis, a Viral Video, and a Clinical Trial
A Devastating Diagnosis, a Viral Video, and a Clinical Trial
Diana Kwon | May 1, 2018
When the O’Neills learned that their daughter had Sanfilippo syndrome, a devastating rare disease, they created a GoFundMe campaign that raised $2 million in less than a year.
Slow March Toward a Canavan Cure
Slow March Toward a Canavan Cure
Ashley Yeager | May 1, 2018
Two decades after a successful crowdfunding campaign, some clinical trial patients have seen improvements—but there’s still no approved treatment for the disease.
Genealogy Website Helped Crack Golden State Killer Case
Genealogy Website Helped Crack Golden State Killer Case
Ashley Yeager | Apr 27, 2018
DNA from a relative of the suspect submitted to the site GEDmatch gave investigators just enough information to identify him, but the process raises privacy concerns.
Studies Show How Cells Differentiate at Life’s Beginning
Studies Show How Cells Differentiate at Life’s Beginning
Shawna Williams | Apr 27, 2018
A trio of papers provide new insight into embryo development.
Preterm Labor May Be Sparked by Fetal Immune Reaction
Preterm Labor May Be Sparked by Fetal Immune Reaction
Ruth Williams | Apr 25, 2018
Immune cells targeting maternal antigens are abundant in the blood of premature infants, suggesting fetal intolerance of mom may instigate early labor.  
Plant Engineered to Produce Higher Levels of Antimalarial Compound
Plant Engineered to Produce Higher Levels of Antimalarial Compound
Catherine Offord | Apr 25, 2018
Researchers used the genome sequence of Artemisia annua to boost the plant’s production of artemisinin.
Image of the Day: Immune Cell In Action
Image of the Day: Immune Cell In Action
The Scientist Staff | Apr 23, 2018
By combining two new microscopy technologies, researchers filmed immune cells toiling away in the inner ear of a living zebrafish.
Free Divers From Southeast Asia Evolved Bigger Spleens
Free Divers From Southeast Asia Evolved Bigger Spleens
Anna Azvolinsky | Apr 19, 2018
The adaptation gives better endurance to the Bajau people, known as sea nomads, by increasing spleen size and, in turn, boosting the number of oxygenated red blood cells when diving.  
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.