computational biology, microbiology
Opinion: Microbiology Needs More Math
Opinion: Microbiology Needs More Math
Mikhail Tikhonov | Oct 12, 2017
Empirical data and humans’ biased interpretations can only get so far in truly understanding life at the microscale.
Cesarean Section Results in Heavier Mouse Pups
Cesarean Section Results in Heavier Mouse Pups
Ashley Yeager | Oct 11, 2017
Vaginal birth leads to changes in the development of offsprings’ microbiomes not seen among mice born via C-section, which researchers suspect might contribute to the weight differences.
Plague Ravaging Madagascar
Plague Ravaging Madagascar
Kerry Grens | Oct 10, 2017
Nearly four dozen people have died.
Contributors
Contributors
Aggie Mika | Oct 1, 2017
Meet some of the people featured in the October 2017 issue of The Scientist.
Designer DNA
Designer DNA
Rachel Berkowitz | Oct 1, 2017
Computational tools for mapping out synthetic nucleic acids
In Canada, Signs of Life Nearly 4 Billion Years Old
In Canada, Signs of Life Nearly 4 Billion Years Old
Ashley P. Taylor | Sep 28, 2017
Embedded within 3.95-billion-year-old rock, scientists have found graphite with a carbon signature that indicates biological activity.
In-Depth Look at the Human Microbiome
In-Depth Look at the Human Microbiome
Jef Akst | Sep 20, 2017
Hundreds of samples from microbes living in the gut, skin, mouth, and vagina add to the human microbiome “fingerprint.” 
Cargo-Sorting DNA Robots
Cargo-Sorting DNA Robots
Ruth Williams | Sep 14, 2017
Autonomous molecules that collect, carry, and sort different genetic packages usher in a new era for nucleic-acid robotics. 
Infection During Pregnancy Tied to Autism in Mouse Model
Infection During Pregnancy Tied to Autism in Mouse Model
Kerry Grens | Sep 13, 2017
Bacterial strains in mice’s gut microbiomes mediated their pups’ risk for developing abnormal behaviors.
Discovery of the Malaria Parasite, 1880
Discovery of the Malaria Parasite, 1880
Shawna Williams | Sep 1, 2017
Most didn’t believe French doctor Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran when he said he’d spotted the causative agent of the disease—and that it was an animal.