gene therapy, microbiology, neuroscience
The Philadelphia Family Helping to Drive Research on MLD
The Philadelphia Family Helping to Drive Research on MLD
Catherine Offord | May 1, 2018
Though Calliope Joy’s disease is too far progressed to be treatable, her parents have helped other children with metachromatic leukodystrophy get access to an experimental therapy.
Slow March Toward a Canavan Cure
Slow March Toward a Canavan Cure
Ashley Yeager | May 1, 2018
Two decades after a successful crowdfunding campaign, some clinical trial patients have seen improvements—but there’s still no approved treatment for the disease.
Infographic: Getting Synapses Ready to Fire
Infographic: Getting Synapses Ready to Fire
Ashley Yeager | May 1, 2018
A new study reveals more about the role of specialized Schwann cells at junctions between neurons and muscle cells.
How Bacteria Eat Penicillin
How Bacteria Eat Penicillin
Shawna Williams | Apr 30, 2018
Scientists work out the specific genes and biochemical steps required for digesting the very drugs designed to kill microbes.
Learning Enhances Synapses Between “Memory Cells” in Mice
Learning Enhances Synapses Between “Memory Cells” in Mice
Diana Kwon | Apr 26, 2018
A new technique reveals certain neuronal connections grow larger and denser when memories are made.
Worms’ Magnetic Sense Questioned
Worms’ Magnetic Sense Questioned
Abby Olena | Apr 25, 2018
Unsuccessful attempts to reproduce the results of a 2015 study reporting that C. elegans orient themselves by Earth’s magnetic field spark debate among researchers.
Exercise Warms the Brain, Causing Mice to Eat Less
Exercise Warms the Brain, Causing Mice to Eat Less
Kerry Grens | Apr 24, 2018
Directly activating a heat sensor also sensitive to capsaicin in chili peppers in the hypothalamus had the same effect as exercise.
Fungus Repurposed a Bacterial Gene to Sense Gravity with Crystals
Fungus Repurposed a Bacterial Gene to Sense Gravity with Crystals
Viviane Callier | Apr 24, 2018
Rather than getting a gene for its original function, a horizontal gene transfer provides the raw material for evolutionary innovation.
Opinion: “Drug Sanctuaries” Offer Hope to a Post-Antibiotic World
Opinion: “Drug Sanctuaries” Offer Hope to a Post-Antibiotic World
Rees Kassen | Apr 24, 2018
Drug-free environments, such as a designated ward in a hospital, might reduce the strength of selection for resistance.
Image of the Day: Ant Attack!
Image of the Day: Ant Attack!
The Scientist Staff | Apr 24, 2018
A new species of ant discovered in Borneo fends off invaders with a uniquely suicidal strategy.