immunology, evolution, developmental biology
Study: Dino Populations Were Waning Before Wipeout
Study: Dino Populations Were Waning Before Wipeout
Bob Grant | Apr 19, 2016
The massive rock that smashed into Earth 66 million years ago killed off many dinosaur species, but the animals were in steady decline for millennia before the cataclysm, researchers report.
AACR Q&A: Elaine Mardis
AACR Q&A: Elaine Mardis
The Scientist Staff | Apr 18, 2016
The genomics pioneer shares the sessions she most looks forward to at this year’s American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting.
Tracking Zika’s Evolution
Tracking Zika’s Evolution
Jef Akst | Apr 15, 2016
Sequence analysis of 41 viral strains reveals more than a half-century of change. 
Lightning-Fast Spider Bites
Lightning-Fast Spider Bites
Tanya Lewis | Apr 8, 2016
Trap-jaw spiders have the fastest, most powerful bite of any arachnid, scientists show. 
Microglia Tamp Down Neurogenesis
Microglia Tamp Down Neurogenesis
Kerry Grens | Apr 7, 2016
The immune cells—known for clearing dead cells—also chew up live progenitors in neurogenic regions of mouse brains. 
One Way Placenta Deflects Zika Infection
One Way Placenta Deflects Zika Infection
Kerry Grens | Apr 5, 2016
Certain immune cells surrounding the organ appear to block viral entry.
Accomplished Biophysicist Dies
Accomplished Biophysicist Dies
Catherine Offord | Apr 5, 2016
Harold Morowitz, who dedicated his career to investigating the origins of life, has passed away at age 88.
Tumor Traps
Tumor Traps
Kerry Grens | Apr 1, 2016
After surgery to remove a tumor, neutrophils recruited to the site spit out sticky webs of DNA that aid cancer recurrence.
A Gut Feeling
A Gut Feeling
The Scientist Staff | Apr 1, 2016
See profilee Hans Clevers discuss his work with stem cells and cancer in the small intestine.
Capsule Reviews
Capsule Reviews
Bob Grant | Apr 1, 2016
Lab Girl, The Most Perfect Thing, Half-Earth, and Cosmosapiens