immunology, evolution, genetics & genomics
Science Your Plants!
Science Your Plants!
The Scientist Staff | Jan 31, 2017
CalTech researcher Elliot Meyerowitz describes how plant genetics influences growth and productivity.
Earliest Deuterostome Fossils Described
Earliest Deuterostome Fossils Described
Kerry Grens | Jan 31, 2017
These millimeter-size sea creatures lived 540 million years ago.
ACMG Urges Caution When Editing Embryo Genomes
ACMG Urges Caution When Editing Embryo Genomes
Diana Kwon | Jan 30, 2017
The American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics calls on scientists and health care providers to engage in public discussion about the ethical issues involved in genome editing. 
Unique Antibodies Open Path Toward New HIV Vaccines
Unique Antibodies Open Path Toward New HIV Vaccines
Amanda B. Keener | Jan 27, 2017
A family of broadly neutralizing antibodies from a chronically infected donor provides a schematic for designing vaccines and treatments that target multiple strains of the virus.
Improving Tomato Flavor, Genetically
Improving Tomato Flavor, Genetically
Bob Grant | Jan 26, 2017
A sequencing blitz on the tomato genome reveals the genes that contribute most to tastiness.
Improved Semisynthetic Organism Created
Improved Semisynthetic Organism Created
Abby Olena | Jan 23, 2017
Researchers generate an organism that can replicate artificial base pairs indefinitely.
Another Explanation for Africa’s Enigmatic Fairy Circles
Another Explanation for Africa’s Enigmatic Fairy Circles
Diana Kwon | Jan 20, 2017
Using simulations, scientists report that a mixture of termites and plant competition may be responsible for the strange patterns of earth surrounded by plants in the Namib desert. 
Next Generation: Mobile Microscope Detects DNA Sequences
Next Generation: Mobile Microscope Detects DNA Sequences
Abby Olena | Jan 17, 2017
A cell phone–based microscope can identify mutations in tumor tissue and image products of DNA sequencing reactions.
Baboons Can Make Sounds Found in Human Speech
Baboons Can Make Sounds Found in Human Speech
Diana Kwon | Jan 13, 2017
The findings suggest language may have started to evolve millions of years earlier than once thought.  
Ancient Origins of Retroviruses
Ancient Origins of Retroviruses
Tracy Vence | Jan 12, 2017
Foamy-like endogenous retroviruses may have emerged more than 450 million years ago, according to an analysis.