ecology, developmental biology, cell & molecular biology
Six-Legged Syringes
Six-Legged Syringes
Yao-Hua Law | Sep 1, 2014
Researchers whose work requires that they draw blood from wild animals are finding unlikely collaborators in biting insects.
Splitting Hairs
Splitting Hairs
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Sep 1, 2014
Fragments of mitochondrial DNA from deer hair found on the clothing of an ice-entombed mummy offer a glimpse into Copper Age ecology.
Beyond the Blueprint
Beyond the Blueprint
Jennifer A. Schweitzer, Mark A. Genung, Joseph K. Bailey | Sep 1, 2014
In addition to serving as a set of instructions to build an individual, the genome can influence neighboring organisms and, potentially, entire ecosystems.
Subglacial Ecosystem
Subglacial Ecosystem
Jef Akst | Aug 22, 2014
Samples from an Antarctic lake 800 meters below the ice reveal an abundance of microbial life.
How Hummingbirds Taste Nectar
How Hummingbirds Taste Nectar
Ruth Williams | Aug 21, 2014
Hummingbirds perceive sweetness through a receptor with which other vertebrates taste savory foods. 
Crayfish Blood Cells Make New Neurons
Crayfish Blood Cells Make New Neurons
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Aug 13, 2014
Hemocytes can form neurons in adult crayfish, a study shows.
Meal Plans
Meal Plans
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Aug 1, 2014
Bacterial populations’ differing strategies for responding to their environment can set genetic routes to speciation.
Small Packages
Small Packages
Mary Beth Aberlin | Aug 1, 2014
When proverbs come true
Contributors
Contributors
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Aug 1, 2014
Meet some of the people featured in the August 2014 issue of The Scientist.
A Vaulted Mystery
A Vaulted Mystery
Eufemia S. Putort├Č and Massimo P. Crippa | Aug 1, 2014
Nearly 30 years after the discovery of tiny barrel-shape structures called vaults, their natural functions remain elusive. Nevertheless, researchers are beginning to put these nanoparticles to work in biomedicine.