disease & medicine, microbiology, ecology
Contributors
Contributors
Beth Marie Mole | Dec 1, 2012
Meet some of the people featured in the December 2012 issue of The Scientist.
The Plastic Genome
The Plastic Genome
Beth Marie Mole | Dec 1, 2012
The poxvirus stockpiles genes when it needs to adapt.
Opinion: Learning from Transcriptomes
Opinion: Learning from Transcriptomes
David Smith | Nov 28, 2012
In the largest microbial eukaryote genetic sequencing effort ever attempted, researchers are investigating the transcriptomes of 700 marine algae species.
Coughing Seashells
Coughing Seashells
Edyta Zielinska | Nov 28, 2012
A type of scallop expels water and waste through a sort of cough that could reveal clues about water quality.
Beetles Warm BC Forests
Beetles Warm BC Forests
Sabrina Richards | Nov 27, 2012
Using satellite data, researchers calculate that mountain pine beetle infestations raise summertime temperatures in British Columbia’s pine forests by 1 degree Celsius.
Microbial Life Beneath the Ice
Microbial Life Beneath the Ice
Jef Akst | Nov 27, 2012
Researchers uncover a diverse microbial community living beneath 27 meters of ice in Antarctica’s Lake Vida.
Old New Species
Old New Species
Edyta Zielinska | Nov 20, 2012
Decades can pass between the discovery of a new animal or plant and its official debut in the scientific literature.
No Sex Required
No Sex Required
Edyta Zielinska | Nov 19, 2012
An all-female species, distantly related to flatworms, steals all of genetic material it needs to diversify its genome.
Navel Bugs
Navel Bugs
Beth Marie Mole | Nov 12, 2012
A new study reveals a large mix of microbes in most human belly buttons.  
Setback for Malaria Vaccine
Setback for Malaria Vaccine
Edyta Zielinska | Nov 9, 2012
The malaria vaccine under development by GSK and the PATH initiative only protects about one in three babies, though some researchers say those odds are better than nothing.