epigenomics, microbiology, developmental biology, neuroscience
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.
Male Fruit Flies Take Pleasure in Having Sex
Male Fruit Flies Take Pleasure in Having Sex
Jim Daley | Apr 20, 2018
Sex-deprived males seek out alcohol.
Human Brain Organoids Thrive in Mouse Brains
Human Brain Organoids Thrive in Mouse Brains
Ashley Yeager | Apr 16, 2018
After implantation, the tissue developed blood vessels and became integrated into neuronal networks in the animals’ brains.
Deep Learning Allows for Cell Analysis Without Labeling
Deep Learning Allows for Cell Analysis Without Labeling
Kerry Grens | Apr 12, 2018
A new microscopy program requires no fluorescent markers to identify cell type, nuclei, and other characteristics.
Neural Circuit of Parental Behavior Mapped in Mice
Neural Circuit of Parental Behavior Mapped in Mice
Jim Daley | Apr 12, 2018
This is the first time the precise brain cells and their connections controlling a complex behavior have been worked out. 
Alzheimer’s Should be Characterized by Biomarkers: Report
Alzheimer’s Should be Characterized by Biomarkers: Report
Diana Kwon | Apr 10, 2018
A proposed definition of the disease emphasizes signs of neurodegeneration and the presence of β-amyloid and tau, rather than cognitive symptoms.
Abundant Neurogenesis Found in Adult Humans’ Hippocampi
Abundant Neurogenesis Found in Adult Humans’ Hippocampi
Ashley Yeager | Apr 5, 2018
Researchers identified thousands of immature neurons in the brain region, countering a recent result showing little, if any, signs of neurogenesis.
Image of the Day: Cell Droplets
Image of the Day: Cell Droplets
The Scientist Staff | Apr 4, 2018
Proteins and RNA aggregate into “membraneless organelles” due to liquid-liquid phase separation.