human evolution, immunology
Giant Virus Has CRISPR-like Immune Defense
Giant Virus Has CRISPR-like Immune Defense
Kerry Grens | Mar 2, 2016
The genome of a mimivirus strain resistant to a virophage has repeated phage sequences alongside nuclease- and helicase-coding sections.
Mutations Not Tied to Metastasis
Mutations Not Tied to Metastasis
Kerry Grens | Feb 25, 2016
Clinical cases link immune changes to a cancer’s spread through the body, but find no role for so-called “driver” mutations.
Single Antibody Protects Macaques from Ebola
Single Antibody Protects Macaques from Ebola
Amanda B. Keener | Feb 25, 2016
The “just right” binding properties of a monoclonal antibody from an Ebolavirus survivor help it neutralize the virus.
Anti-Inflammatory Drugs as Antivenom?
Anti-Inflammatory Drugs as Antivenom?
Bob Grant | Feb 24, 2016
Compounds typically used to calm the immune system can prevent death from scorpion venom in mice, researchers report.
Neanderthals’ Genetic Legacy
Neanderthals’ Genetic Legacy
Ruth Williams | Feb 11, 2016
Ancient DNA in the genomes of modern humans influences a range of physiological traits.
Premature Assault?
Premature Assault?
Jef Akst | Feb 9, 2016
Plants may trick bacteria into attacking before the microbial population reaches a critical size, allowing the plants to successfully defend the weak invasion.
Contributors
Contributors
Karen Zusi | Feb 1, 2016
Meet some of the people featured in the February 2016 issue of The Scientist.
Fungal Security Force
Fungal Security Force
Karen Zusi | Feb 1, 2016
In yew trees, Taxol-producing fungi function as an immune system to ward off pathogens.
Capsule Reviews
Capsule Reviews
Bob Grant | Feb 1, 2016
What Should a Clever Moose Eat?, The Illusion of God's Presence, GMO Sapiens, and Why We Snap
Holding Their Ground
Holding Their Ground
Amanda B. Keener | Feb 1, 2016
To protect the global food supply, scientists want to understand—and enhance—plants’ natural resistance to pathogens.