drug development, microbiology, culture, immunology
Opinion: Microbial Mind Control—Truth or Scare?
Opinion: Microbial Mind Control—Truth or Scare?
Katerina Johnson | May 1, 2018
Normal brain function may have evolved to depend on gut microbes and their metabolites.
Caught on Camera
Caught on Camera
The Scientist Staff | May 1, 2018
Selected rare-disease Images of the Day from the-scientist.com
Ten-Minute Sabbatical
Ten-Minute Sabbatical
The Scientist Staff | May 1, 2018
Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.
Book Excerpt from <em>The Power of Rare</em>
Book Excerpt from The Power of Rare
Victoria Jackson, Michael Yeaman | May 1, 2018
In chapter 4, “Building a Cure Machine,” author Victoria Jackson reveals the challenges in launching a foundation focused on funding research on a rare disease.
How Orphan Drugs Became a Highly Profitable Industry
How Orphan Drugs Became a Highly Profitable Industry
Diana Kwon | May 1, 2018
Government incentives, advances in technology, and an army of patient advocates have spun a successful market—but abuses of the system and exorbitant prices could cause a backlash.
How Bacteria Eat Penicillin
How Bacteria Eat Penicillin
Shawna Williams | Apr 30, 2018
Scientists work out the specific genes and biochemical steps required for digesting the very drugs designed to kill microbes.
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.  
Fungus Repurposed a Bacterial Gene to Sense Gravity with Crystals
Fungus Repurposed a Bacterial Gene to Sense Gravity with Crystals
Viviane Callier | Apr 24, 2018
Rather than getting a gene for its original function, a horizontal gene transfer provides the raw material for evolutionary innovation.
Opinion: “Drug Sanctuaries” Offer Hope to a Post-Antibiotic World
Opinion: “Drug Sanctuaries” Offer Hope to a Post-Antibiotic World
Rees Kassen | Apr 24, 2018
Drug-free environments, such as a designated ward in a hospital, might reduce the strength of selection for resistance.
Image of the Day: Ant Attack!
Image of the Day: Ant Attack!
The Scientist Staff | Apr 24, 2018
A new species of ant discovered in Borneo fends off invaders with a uniquely suicidal strategy.