germ cells, neuroscience, microbiology
Researchers Identify Gene Variants Linked to Synesthesia
Researchers Identify Gene Variants Linked to Synesthesia
Catherine Offord | Mar 6, 2018
A whole-genome analysis of people who experience color when they listen to sounds points to a handful of genes involved in neural development.
Image of the Day: Moth Proboscis
Image of the Day: Moth Proboscis
The Scientist Staff | Mar 5, 2018
The hawkmoth’s brain uses a different area to search for food than it does to look for where to lay eggs.  
Slime Mold in Residence
Slime Mold in Residence
Ashley P. Taylor | Mar 2, 2018
At Hampshire College, students and faculty use the amoeba Physarum polycephalum—both a “visiting scholar” and a model organism—to examine human societal and political quandaries.  
Cancer-Fighting Chemical Found in Human Skin Bacteria
Cancer-Fighting Chemical Found in Human Skin Bacteria
Diana Kwon | Mar 1, 2018
A molecule produced by a strain of Staphylococcus epidermis interferes with DNA synthesis.
Parasitologist, Reprogrammed: A Profile of David Roos
Parasitologist, Reprogrammed: A Profile of David Roos
Anna Azvolinsky | Mar 1, 2018
After discovering a novel organelle found in protozoan parasites, the University of Pennsylvania’s Roos created a widely used eukaryotic pathogen database.
Here Comes Single-Cell Optogenetics
Here Comes Single-Cell Optogenetics
Ruth Williams | Mar 1, 2018
A new protein may allow researchers to home in on individual neurons, determining their activity minute by minute.
Stressed Rodents Make Different Choices
Stressed Rodents Make Different Choices
Katarina Zimmer | Mar 1, 2018
Chronic stress tweaks a circuit in the brain that influences how lab rodents make tough decisions. 
Are the Brains of Transgender People Different from Those of Cisgender People?
Are the Brains of Transgender People Different from Those of Cisgender People?
Shawna Williams | Mar 1, 2018
Research into the biological basis of gender identity is in its infancy, but clues are beginning to emerge.
Infographic: Searching for the Neural Basis of Gender
Infographic: Searching for the Neural Basis of Gender
Shawna Williams | Feb 28, 2018
Brain studies have yielded a mixed picture of the neural similarities and differences between people of different genders.
Image of the Day: Inner Glow
Image of the Day: Inner Glow
The Scientist Staff | Feb 26, 2018
Researchers engineered a system for bioluminescent imaging that is as much as 1,000 times stronger than existing methods.