human evolution, microbiology, culture
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. 
Another Retraction for Discredited Researcher
Another Retraction for Discredited Researcher
Jim Daley | May 25, 2018
Robert Ryan was forced to resign from the University of Dundee in 2016 following an investigation of misconduct.
Bioluminescent Bacteria in a Wifi Pill Track Gut Health in Pigs
Bioluminescent Bacteria in a Wifi Pill Track Gut Health in Pigs
Kerry Grens | May 24, 2018
The micro-bio-electronic device combines bacteria that can detect certain molecules along with wifi-connected electrical outputs.
What Made Human Brains So Big?
What Made Human Brains So Big?
Ashley Yeager | May 24, 2018
Ecological challenges such as finding food and creating fire may have led the organ to become abnormally large, a new computer model suggests.
Nipah Virus Kills 10 in India
Nipah Virus Kills 10 in India
Kerry Grens | May 22, 2018
Fruit bats are a reservoir for the disease, which can cause brain damage.
Ancient Humans Had Hepatitis B
Ancient Humans Had Hepatitis B
Abby Olena | May 9, 2018
Analyses of more than 300 ancient human genomes show that Hepatitis B virus has infected humans for at least 4,500 years and has much older origins than modern viral genomes would suggest.
Stanley Falkow, Father of Molecular Microbial Pathogenesis, Dies
Stanley Falkow, Father of Molecular Microbial Pathogenesis, Dies
Catherine Offord | May 9, 2018
The microbiologist was known for his work on bacterial antibiotic resistance and infectious disease.
Image of the Day: Bacterial Flagella
Image of the Day: Bacterial Flagella
The Scientist Staff | May 8, 2018
Real-time imaging reveals the formation of the bacterial flagella FlhA ring.
Genetic Adaptation to Cold Brought Migraines With It
Genetic Adaptation to Cold Brought Migraines With It
Viviane Callier | May 3, 2018
Humans living in higher latitudes tend to have a variant of a gene involved in sensing cold temperatures, but it comes with a cost.