culture, evolution, immunology
How Viruses Attack Plants
How Viruses Attack Plants
Claire Asher | Jan 31, 2018
Viruses are incapable of reproducing without the help of a host, whose cells copy their genetic material and fabricate the building blocks of new virus particles.
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.
Image of the Day: Ectopic Wings
Image of the Day: Ectopic Wings
The Scientist Staff | Jan 24, 2018
Insect wings may have evolved from multiple origins, say researchers.
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.
CRISPR Trial for Cancer Patients Proposed
CRISPR Trial for Cancer Patients Proposed
Katarina Zimmer | Jan 19, 2018
US researchers could become the first outside China to use the gene-editing technique in the clinic. 
Researchers Develop a Technique to Regenerate the Mouse Thymus
Researchers Develop a Technique to Regenerate the Mouse Thymus
Jim Daley | Jan 12, 2018
The discovery reveals the role of a growth factor and endothelial cells in thymus repair, and could have implications for chemotherapy and radiation patients’ recovery following treatment.
Image of the Day: Minions of the Cicada 
Image of the Day: Minions of the Cicada 
The Scientist Staff | Jan 9, 2018
Scientists study the unusual genome evolution of the bacteria that live within a genus of cicadas. 
Image of the Day: See You Later!
Image of the Day: See You Later!
The Scientist Staff | Jan 8, 2018
Developmental biologists take a close look at how alligator embryos grow. 
Maternal Response to Zika Damages Mouse Fetuses
Maternal Response to Zika Damages Mouse Fetuses
Catherine Offord | Jan 5, 2018
Signaling pathways triggered by the mother’s immune system may cause complications during fetal development.
Contributors
Contributors
Jef Akst and Katarina Zimmer | Jan 1, 2018
Meet some of the people featured in the January 2018 issue of The Scientist.