A white deer mouse on sand surrounded by plants
Are We In the Midst of a Silent Mass Extinction?
A new modeling technique aims to help scientists and policymakers detect declines in genetic diversity based on habitat loss.
Are We In the Midst of a Silent Mass Extinction?
Are We In the Midst of a Silent Mass Extinction?

A new modeling technique aims to help scientists and policymakers detect declines in genetic diversity based on habitat loss.

A new modeling technique aims to help scientists and policymakers detect declines in genetic diversity based on habitat loss.

gene conservation
Photo of a North American caribou (Rangifer tarandus) in Jasper National Park in Canada
Dozens of Genes Tied to Caribou’s Seasonal Migration
Maddie Bender | May 2, 2022
Researchers tracked the movements of endangered caribou and sequenced a portion of their genomes to determine which genes may influence migratory behavior.
Cover of Endangered Maize by Helen Anne Curry
Book Excerpt from Endangered Maize
Helen Anne Curry | Jan 17, 2022
In Chapter 7, “Grow,” author Helen Anne Curry relays the story of Indigenous revolutionaries in Mexico who tapped into community-based methods to conserve traditional corn varieties.
Cover of Endangered Maize by Helen Anne Curry
Opinion: Going Beyond Seed Banks
Helen Anne Curry | Jan 17, 2022
Rethinking why and how we conserve crop genetic diversity
Colored artistic rendition of neurons and plaque buildup
Alzheimer’s Risk Gene Paradoxically Protects Against Memory Loss
Chloe Tenn | Oct 8, 2021
A new study links a variant of the apolipoprotein E gene called APOE ε4 to better memory in older age, even in the presence of amyloid plaques—a possible explanation for the variant’s persistence despite its association with an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
Male Fruit Flies Take Pleasure in Having Sex
Jim Daley | Apr 20, 2018
Sex-deprived males seek out alcohol.
Image of the Day: Original Fin
The Scientist Staff and The Scientist Staff | Apr 2, 2018
Researchers identify the genetics underlying the development of dorsal fins in ancient fish.
Researchers Cryopreserve Coral Sperm
Catherine Offord | Feb 1, 2018
A project aims to preserve samples of the climate change–vulnerable animals for future restoration.
Genome Digest
Ben Andrew Henry | Oct 19, 2016
What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes
Prepped for the Long Sleep
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jul 30, 2014
Hibernation-related proteins are common even in non-hibernating animals, a study shows.