RNA-DNA Chimeras Might Have Supported the Origin of Life on Earth
RNA-DNA Chimeras Might Have Supported the Origin of Life on Earth
A new study finds mixtures of nucleotide types, rather than pure systems, are more likely to yield the building blocks of life.
RNA-DNA Chimeras Might Have Supported the Origin of Life on Earth
RNA-DNA Chimeras Might Have Supported the Origin of Life on Earth

A new study finds mixtures of nucleotide types, rather than pure systems, are more likely to yield the building blocks of life.

A new study finds mixtures of nucleotide types, rather than pure systems, are more likely to yield the building blocks of life.

evolutionary biology
Neanderthal DNA in Modern Human Genomes Is Not Silent
Neanderthal DNA in Modern Human Genomes Is Not Silent
Jef Akst | Sep 1, 2019
From skin color to immunity, human biology is linked to our archaic ancestry.
Infographic: History of Ancient Hominin Interbreeding
Infographic: History of Ancient Hominin Interbreeding
Jef Akst | Sep 1, 2019
See when and where our ancestors may have interbred with Neanderthals and Denisovans.
Modern Synthesis, 1937
Modern Synthesis, 1937
Chia-Yi Hou | Sep 1, 2019
Theodosius Dobzhansky’s work in population genetics influenced how genetics and natural selection were combined in evolutionary biology.
Elusive Asgard Archaea Finally Cultured in Lab
Elusive Asgard Archaea Finally Cultured in Lab
Nicoletta Lanese | Aug 12, 2019
The 12-year-long endeavor reveals Prometheoarchaeum as a tentacled cell, living in a symbiotic relationship with methane-producing microbes.
Image of the Day: Tactile Information
Image of the Day: Tactile Information
Chia-Yi Hou | Jun 28, 2019
Thicker calluses don’t dull sensitivity in feet.
Ancient Genomes Reveal Clues About Native Americans’ Past
Ancient Genomes Reveal Clues About Native Americans’ Past
Jef Akst | Jun 6, 2019
Sequences from dozens of ancient remains from Siberia reveal the closest ancient relative of Native Americans found outside of North America.
Tiny Knee Bone, Once Lost in Humans, Is Making a Comeback
Tiny Knee Bone, Once Lost in Humans, Is Making a Comeback
Jef Akst | Apr 19, 2019
The fabella disappeared from our lineage millions of years ago, but over the last century, its presence in people’s knees has become more common.
Contributors
Contributors
The Scientist Staff | Apr 1, 2019
Meet some of the people featured in the April 2019 issue of The Scientist.
Opinion: Individuals Are Greater Than the Sum of Their Parts
Opinion: Individuals Are Greater Than the Sum of Their Parts
Itzhak Mizrahi, Fotini Kokou | Mar 1, 2019
The study of evolution requires consideration of organisms’ microbiomes.