genome, culture, microbiology
Manipulative Microbiomes
Manipulative Microbiomes
Jenny Rood | Apr 1, 2015
Gut bacteria control tumor growth via the mammalian immune system.
Capsule Reviews
Capsule Reviews
Bob Grant | Apr 1, 2015
Junk DNA, Cuckoo, Sapiens, and Cool
Setbacks and Great Leaps
Setbacks and Great Leaps
Sue Armstrong | Apr 1, 2015
The tale of p53, a widely studied tumor suppressor gene, illustrates the inventiveness of researchers who turn mishaps into discoveries.
Book Excerpt from <em>p53</em>
Book Excerpt from p53
Sue Armstrong | Apr 1, 2015
In Chapter 12, "Of Mice and Men," author Sue Armstrong recounts the point at which researchers moved from working with p53 in tissue culture to studying the gene in animal models.
Comparing Leprosy Bacteria
Comparing Leprosy Bacteria
Kate Yandell | Mar 27, 2015
Researchers sequence the genome of Mycobacterium lepromatosis, a recently discovered sister species to the primary leprosy-causing bacterium.
Soil Bacteria Live on Wine Grapes
Soil Bacteria Live on Wine Grapes
Kerry Grens | Mar 25, 2015
The earthiness of Merlot may have to do with grapevine-dwelling microbiota.
Quorum-Sensing Molecule Modifies Gut Microbiota
Quorum-Sensing Molecule Modifies Gut Microbiota
Anna Azvolinsky | Mar 19, 2015
Increasing the abundance of a chemical some microbes use to communicate with one another can help reinstate beneficial bacterial populations in the guts of antibiotic-treated mice. 
The 2015 Salary Survey Is Complete
The 2015 Salary Survey Is Complete
The Scientist Staff | Mar 13, 2015
Thanks to everyone who participated in this year's survey. Please check back in November for the results.
Sewage Bacteria Linked to Obesity
Sewage Bacteria Linked to Obesity
Jef Akst | Mar 10, 2015
Microbes identified in a city’s sewage treatment plants correlate with the population’s obesity rate, a study shows.
Book Excerpt from <em>Galileo’s Middle Finger</em>
Book Excerpt from Galileo’s Middle Finger
Alice Dreger | Mar 10, 2015
In Chapter 4, “A Show-Me State of Mind,” author Alice Dreger describes the start of her journey studying scientists who had conducted controversial research.