fire ants, immunology, evolution, genetics & genomics
Pancreatic Cell Size Negatively Relates to Lifespan in Mammals
Pancreatic Cell Size Negatively Relates to Lifespan in Mammals
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 19, 2018
Species with larger pancreatic cells tend to have shorter lives, according to a study.  
Laxative Causes Long-Term Changes to Mouse Microbiome
Laxative Causes Long-Term Changes to Mouse Microbiome
Abby Olena | Jun 14, 2018
Acute bouts of diarrhea could have lasting effects on the microbiota and host immune system activation, a mouse study suggests.
This Flu Season Killed 172 Kids
This Flu Season Killed 172 Kids
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 11, 2018
Vaccination reduced the risk of death by two-thirds for children with no other health problems.  
CRISPR Efficiency Tied to Cancer-Causing Process
CRISPR Efficiency Tied to Cancer-Causing Process
Kerry Grens | Jun 11, 2018
Two studies find the genome-editing technique works best when cells have a faulty DNA-damage response that’s frequently present in cancers.  
Organic Compounds Found in Martian Soil
Organic Compounds Found in Martian Soil
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 11, 2018
Researchers also found seasonal variations in atmospheric methane on the planet that may have a geological or biological origin.  
Image of the Day: Hirsute and How
Image of the Day: Hirsute and How
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 11, 2018
A newly described species of shrimp, Odontonia bagginsi, has been named after Bilbo Baggins. 
“Public” T-Cell Receptors From Resistant People Fend Off HIV
“Public” T-Cell Receptors From Resistant People Fend Off HIV
Shawna Williams | Jun 8, 2018
The receptors, found in so-called elite controllers who don’t need medications to keep the virus in check, suggest a new path toward immunotherapy.
Image of the Day: Older and Wiser
Image of the Day: Older and Wiser
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 8, 2018
As the years go by, seabirds such as gannets get better at foraging.  
Blood Test Predicts Pregnancy Due Date
Blood Test Predicts Pregnancy Due Date
Kerry Grens | Jun 7, 2018
A small study based on circulating RNA in the blood of moms-to-be describes a technique that could be used to help predict who’s most at risk of preterm labor.
Image of the Day: New Kids on the Block
Image of the Day: New Kids on the Block
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 7, 2018
Researchers discover that a layer of human breast tissue is not one but two distinct cell types.