conservation, microbiology, culture
Bacteriophages Plentiful in Women’s Bladders
Bacteriophages Plentiful in Women’s Bladders
Abby Olena | Feb 2, 2018
In one of the first looks at the urinary virome, researchers find hundreds of viruses, most of which have never been sequenced before. 
Contributors
Contributors
Katarina Zimmer | Feb 1, 2018
Meet some of the people featured in the February 2018 issue of The Scientist.
Researchers Cryopreserve Coral Sperm
Researchers Cryopreserve Coral Sperm
Catherine Offord | Feb 1, 2018
A project aims to preserve samples of the climate change–vulnerable animals for future restoration.
Researchers Catalog Earth’s Microbiome
Researchers Catalog Earth’s Microbiome
Katarina Zimmer | Feb 1, 2018
The new database includes data from 27,000 samples collected at sites ranging from Alaskan permafrost to the ocean floor.
Anjali Iyer-Pascuzzi Investigates How Pathogens Invade Plant Roots
Anjali Iyer-Pascuzzi Investigates How Pathogens Invade Plant Roots
Shawna Williams | Feb 1, 2018
The Purdue University researcher is one of the first to examine the molecular processes that underlie infection by soil microbes.
Ten-Minute Sabbatical
Ten-Minute Sabbatical
The Scientist Staff | Feb 1, 2018
Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.
Coral Sperm Banker
Coral Sperm Banker
The Scientist Staff | Jan 31, 2018
Mary Hagedorn is racing to save Earth’s coral reefs by developing techniques for freezing the colonial animals’ gametes.
Infographic: Plants’ Microbial Communities
Infographic: Plants’ Microbial Communities
Davide Bulgarelli | Jan 31, 2018
Like animals, plants host communities of microbes that influence a wide variety of their biological processes.
Researchers Discover 10 New Immune Systems in Bacteria
Researchers Discover 10 New Immune Systems in Bacteria
Jim Daley | Jan 25, 2018
The findings more than double the number of known defense mechanisms, piquing the interests of molecular biology tool developers.
Book Excerpt from <em>Swearing is Good for You</em>
Book Excerpt from Swearing is Good for You
Emma Byrne | Jan 23, 2018
In chapter 1, “The Bad Language Brain: Neuroscience and Swearing,” author Emma Byrne sets the scene for her book by telling the story of the hapless and potty-mouthed Phineas Gage.