evolutionary biology, immunology
Chromosomal Instability Drives Cancer Metastasis
Chromosomal Instability Drives Cancer Metastasis
Jim Daley | Apr 1, 2018
In the presence of cytosolic DNA, cancer cells activate antiviral pathways that disguise them as immune cells.
Ocean Sunfish Could Offer Clues to the “Rise of Slime”
Ocean Sunfish Could Offer Clues to the “Rise of Slime”
Ashley Yeager | Apr 1, 2018
A controversial hypothesis suggests that jellyfish may one day rule the oceans, and Mola mola may tell us if we are approaching a tipping point.
Infographic: How Escaped Chromosomes Can Aid Metastasis
Infographic: How Escaped Chromosomes Can Aid Metastasis
Jim Daley | Mar 31, 2018
Errors in segregation during cell division can lead to inflammation in daughter cells.
Antibiotics Increase Mouse Susceptibility to Dengue, West Nile, and Zika
Antibiotics Increase Mouse Susceptibility to Dengue, West Nile, and Zika
Shawna Williams | Mar 27, 2018
The drugs’ disruption of the microbiome makes a subsequent flavivirus infection more severe.
Waning Protection from Vaccination Explains Rise in Mumps Cases
Waning Protection from Vaccination Explains Rise in Mumps Cases
Catherine Offord | Mar 22, 2018
A study finds that the vaccine’s effects wear off as a person ages, suggesting a need for booster shots.
Image of the Day: Bat Attack!
Image of the Day: Bat Attack!
The Scientist Staff | Mar 15, 2018
Barbastelle bats trick moths with muffled echolocation calls.
Hawaiian Spiders on Different Islands Evolved Same Disguise in Parallel
Hawaiian Spiders on Different Islands Evolved Same Disguise in Parallel
Catherine Offord | Mar 8, 2018
In an unusual evolutionary twist, local stick spiders have come up with an almost identical repertoire of color morphs in multiple locations.
Circulating Mitochondrial DNA Alerts Immune System to Danger
Circulating Mitochondrial DNA Alerts Immune System to Danger
Katarina Zimmer | Mar 1, 2018
In response to short DNA fragments, lymphocytes release mitochondrial DNA that helps trigger an immune response.
Eat Yourself to Live: Autophagy’s Role in Health and Disease
Eat Yourself to Live: Autophagy’s Role in Health and Disease
Vikramjit Lahiri and Daniel J. Klionsky | Mar 1, 2018
New details of the molecular process by which our cells consume themselves point to therapeutic potential.
Stem Cell Vaccine Protects Mice From Cancer
Stem Cell Vaccine Protects Mice From Cancer
Ruth Williams | Feb 15, 2018
Stem cells and cancer cells have enough molecular similarities that the former can be used to trigger immunity against the latter.