genetics, behavior, infectious disease
Plant Engineered to Produce Higher Levels of Antimalarial Compound
Plant Engineered to Produce Higher Levels of Antimalarial Compound
Catherine Offord | Apr 25, 2018
Researchers used the genome sequence of Artemisia annua to boost the plant’s production of artemisinin.
Children With Malaria Smell More Attractive to Mosquitoes
Children With Malaria Smell More Attractive to Mosquitoes
Shawna Williams | Apr 17, 2018
The parasite changes people’s scent, primarily due to an increase in aldehydes.
Estonia Offers Free Genetic Testing to Residents
Estonia Offers Free Genetic Testing to Residents
Diana Kwon | Apr 13, 2018
The nationwide experiment will initially include around 100,000 volunteers.
Neural Circuit of Parental Behavior Mapped in Mice
Neural Circuit of Parental Behavior Mapped in Mice
Jim Daley | Apr 12, 2018
This is the first time the precise brain cells and their connections controlling a complex behavior have been worked out. 
Image of the Day: Gene Expression
Image of the Day: Gene Expression
The Scientist Staff | Apr 9, 2018
A new algorithm scrutinizes the most hard-to-read segments of the genome.
Chinese Scientist Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Rice-Smuggling Plot
Chinese Scientist Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Rice-Smuggling Plot
Ashley Yeager | Apr 5, 2018
The researcher stole genetically modified seeds and planned to give them to a crop research institute in China, the US Justice Department says.
Bats Identified as Source of Pig-Killing Coronavirus in China
Bats Identified as Source of Pig-Killing Coronavirus in China
Jim Daley | Apr 4, 2018
The virus caused an outbreak that began in Guangdong Province and left nearly 25,000 piglets dead. 
Postnatal Zika Infection Causes Brain Damage in Infant Macaques
Postnatal Zika Infection Causes Brain Damage in Infant Macaques
Jim Daley | Apr 4, 2018
The findings highlight the need for long-term monitoring of children exposed to the virus, say scientists. 
Image of the Day: Original Fin
Image of the Day: Original Fin
The Scientist Staff | Apr 2, 2018
Researchers identify the genetics underlying the development of dorsal fins in ancient fish.
Infected Ants Chemically Attract Workers to Destroy Them
Infected Ants Chemically Attract Workers to Destroy Them
Jim Daley | Apr 1, 2018
Social insects kill infected individuals for the benefit of the colony—and now a study has shown how they know who’s sick.