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The Scientist Editors’ Favorite Stories of 2021
A look back at some of the articles we most enjoyed reading, writing, and editing this year
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The Scientist Editors’ Favorite Stories of 2021
The Scientist Editors’ Favorite Stories of 2021

A look back at some of the articles we most enjoyed reading, writing, and editing this year

A look back at some of the articles we most enjoyed reading, writing, and editing this year

ABOVE: D.I. MACHT ET AL., J, PHARMACOL EXP THER, 1923; MODIFIED FROM © ISTOCK.COM, HEIN NOUWENS; THE SCIENTIST STAFF; MODIFIED FROM © ISTOCK.COM, JANIECBROS; © ISTOCK.COM, MENSHALENA; © ISTOCK.COM, WIR0MAN; L. GUO ET AL./PLOS GENETICS 2021/STEVE SYKES; SAKAI SHO
gecko
Lizard on glass tank
Engineered Stem Cells Grant Geckos “Perfectly” Regenerated Tails
Chloe Tenn | Nov 5, 2021
Geckos injected with neural stem cells modified to block cartilage growth developed the skeletal and nervous components normally lacking from regrown tails.
a leopard gecko with an unusually yellow body
“Lemon Frost” Leopard Geckos’ Cancers Similar to Human Melanomas
Christie Wilcox | Jun 24, 2021
The color morph’s bright yellow hue and its propensity for skin tumors both likely stem from a gene implicated in a dangerous form of human skin cancer, suggesting the animals could make an ideal model for studying the disease.
Image of the Day: Geckos on the Run
Carolyn Wilke | Dec 7, 2018
Surface slapping and side-to-side swinging let geckos sprint across water.
Image of the Day: Skeeter Eater
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Feb 22, 2018
Geckos could help control mosquito-borne diseases, but their effectiveness depends on the environment.
Image of the Day: Dog, Squirrel, or Gecko?
The Scientist Staff | Jun 28, 2017
Although it's clearly a lizard, the aptly named thick-tailed gecko (Underwoodisaurus milii) has a bulky backside and is known to bark when in danger. 
A New Species of Gecko Defensively Sheds Its Scales
Diana Kwon | Feb 8, 2017
Geckolepis megalepis escapes its predators by rapidly detaching its fish-like scales.
Genome Digest
Catherine Offord | Jan 7, 2016
What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes
Self-Drying Skin
Jenny Rood | Mar 11, 2015
Tiny water-repellent spines on a gecko’s skin help keep the lizard dry in humid conditions.