genome, neuroscience, immunology
T Cells That Drive Toxic Shock in Mice Identified
T Cells That Drive Toxic Shock in Mice Identified
Ashley Yeager | Jun 20, 2017
Overzealous activity by mucosa-associated invariant T (MAIT) cells in response to bacterial toxins can lead to illness instead of stopping it.
Genes Tied to Wasps Recognizing Faces
Genes Tied to Wasps Recognizing Faces
Ashley P. Taylor | Jun 14, 2017
The brains of Polistes paper wasps express different genes when identifying faces than when distinguishing between simple patterns, a study finds.
Fetal Immune System Operational by Second Trimester
Fetal Immune System Operational by Second Trimester
Abby Olena | Jun 14, 2017
Research shows that human immunity develops much earlier than previously thought, but functions differently in adults.
Distinguished Autism Researcher Dies
Distinguished Autism Researcher Dies
Diana Kwon | Jun 13, 2017
A child neurologist, Isabelle Rapin popularized the notion that autism was part of a spectrum of disorders.
Image of the Day: Memory Maker
Image of the Day: Memory Maker
The Scientist Staff | Jun 2, 2017
The enzyme acetyl-CoA synthetase 2 turns on memory-building genes within the nuclei of hippocampal neurons. 
More than 18,000 Genomic Records from Cancer Patients Available
More than 18,000 Genomic Records from Cancer Patients Available
Kerry Grens | Jun 1, 2017
The publicly available database found nearly a third of samples included mutations targeted by either approved drugs or therapies in clinical trials. 
Primates Use Simple Code to Recognize Faces
Primates Use Simple Code to Recognize Faces
Abby Olena | Jun 1, 2017
Researchers could reconstruct the faces a monkey saw from the patterns of neuronal activity in a certain area of the brain.
Pinpointing the Culprit
Pinpointing the Culprit
Rachel Berkowitz | Jun 1, 2017
Identifying immune cell subsets with CyTOF
Self-Experimentation Led to the Discovery of IgE
Self-Experimentation Led to the Discovery of IgE
Andrea Anderson | Jun 1, 2017
In the 1960s, immunologists took matters into their own hands—and under their own skin—to characterize an immunoglobulin involved in allergies.
Long-Term Memory Storage Begins Immediately
Long-Term Memory Storage Begins Immediately
Kerry Grens | Jun 1, 2017
In mice, cells in the prefrontal cortex—where memories are maintained long-term—start to encode a fearful experience right from the start.