evolutionary biology
Capsule Reviews
Capsule Reviews
Bob Grant | May 1, 2016
Sorting the Beef from the Bull, Cheats and Deceits, A Sea of Glass, and Following the Wild Bees
Revered Biologist Dies
Revered Biologist Dies
Catherine Offord | Apr 27, 2016
Rick Harrison, an evolutionary biologist known for his research on speciation, has passed away at age 70.
Tracking Zika’s Evolution
Tracking Zika’s Evolution
Jef Akst | Apr 15, 2016
Sequence analysis of 41 viral strains reveals more than a half-century of change. 
Parasite-Pathogen Partnership
Parasite-Pathogen Partnership
Ashley P. Taylor | Mar 7, 2016
Parasitic mites that transmit a honey bee-infecting virus may benefit from spreading the pathogen, a study shows.
Viral Remnants Help Regulate Human Immunity
Viral Remnants Help Regulate Human Immunity
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Mar 3, 2016
Endogenous retroviruses in the human genome can regulate genes involved in innate immune responses.
Slumber Numbers
Slumber Numbers
Jef Akst | Mar 1, 2016
Ideas abound for why some animal species sleep so much more than others, but definitive data are elusive.
Capsule Reviews
Capsule Reviews
Bob Grant | Mar 1, 2016
Herding Hemingway's Cats, Hair: A Human History, Restless Creatures, and The Mind Club
Who Sleeps?
Who Sleeps?
The Scientist Staff, Jerome Siegel | Mar 1, 2016
Once believed to be unique to birds and mammals, sleep is found across the metazoan kingdom. Some animals, it seems, can’t live without it, though no one knows exactly why.
Week in Review: February 22–26
Week in Review: February 22–26
Jef Akst | Feb 26, 2016
Questions about how E. coli evolves; spermatids in a dish; fighting bacteria with virus-like molecule; what drives metastasis; antibodies fight Ebola in monkeys
Similar Data, Different Conclusions
Similar Data, Different Conclusions
Ashley P. Taylor | Feb 23, 2016
By tweaking certain conditions of a long-running experiment on E. coli, scientists found that some bacteria could be prompted to express a mutant phenotype sooner, without the “generation of new genetic information.” The resulting debate—whether the data support evolutionary theory—is more about semantics than science.