human evolution, microbiology, culture
Dogs in Southern China Host Several Strains of Flu
Dogs in Southern China Host Several Strains of Flu
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 6, 2018
They may be a prospective source for an influenza pandemic, researchers warn.  
Mouse Pups Infected With Zika Show Symptoms Into Adulthood
Mouse Pups Infected With Zika Show Symptoms Into Adulthood
Ashley Yeager | Jun 6, 2018
The results suggest the virus could severely alter brain development in infants infected after birth, but blocking a signaling protein early on might ease certain symptoms.
Microbiome Differences Between Farmers and City-Dwellers Start Early
Microbiome Differences Between Farmers and City-Dwellers Start Early
Shawna Williams | Jun 5, 2018
Compared with their urban counterparts, babies and toddlers in rural Nigeria have gut microbiota that more closely resembles that of adults in their community.
Infographic: Can Archaea Teach Us About the Evolution of Eukaroyotes?
Infographic: Can Archaea Teach Us About the Evolution of Eukaroyotes?
Amber Dance | Jun 1, 2018
The discovery of copious new archaeal species is shedding light on the tree of life and revealing some unique cellular biology.
Infographic: Gassy Genes
Infographic: Gassy Genes
Ruth Williams | Jun 1, 2018

Soil scientists get bacteria to report on what their neighbors are up to.

From Little Things Big Things Grow
From Little Things Big Things Grow
Bob Grant | Jun 1, 2018
We should take comfort in the fact that life on Earth had such unassuming, shared beginnings.
Ten-Minute Sabbatical
Ten-Minute Sabbatical
The Scientist Staff | Jun 1, 2018
Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.
Archaea Family Tree Blossoms, Thanks to Genomics
Archaea Family Tree Blossoms, Thanks to Genomics
Amber Dance | Jun 1, 2018
Identification of new archaea species elucidates the domain’s unique  biology and sheds light on its relationship to eukaryotes.
Human-Specific Genes Implicated in Brain Size
Human-Specific Genes Implicated in Brain Size
Abby Olena | May 31, 2018
Three members of a gene family called NOTCH2NL may have been involved in the evolution of humans’ big cortex.
Image of the Day: Agar Art
Image of the Day: Agar Art
Sukanya Charuchandra | May 30, 2018
The American Society for Microbiology held its 4th contest for images created from microorganisms feeding on agar.