indians, ecology, genetics & genomics, neuroscience
Animal Mind Control
Jef Akst | Jan 1, 2012
Examples of parasites that manipulate the behavior of their hosts are not hard to come by, but scientists have only recently begun to understand how they induce such dramatic changes.
Resolving Chronic Pain
Claudia Sommer and Frank Birklein | Jan 1, 2012
The body’s own mechanism for dispersing the inflammatory reaction might lead to new treatments for chronic pain.
Top Ten Innovations 2011
The Scientist Staff | Jan 1, 2012
Our list of the best and brightest products that 2011 had to offer the life scientist
Capsule Reviews
Richard P. Grant | Jan 1, 2012
Our Dying Planet, Here Be Dragons, Rat Island, Harnessed
Roanoke Revisited
Roanoke Revisited
Kerry Grens | Jan 1, 2012
In July 1587, a British colonist named John White accompanied 117 people to settle a small island sheltered within the barrier islands of what would become North Carolina’s Outer Banks. 
Inflammation, Pain, and Resolvins
Inflammation, Pain, and Resolvins
Claudia Sommer and Frank Birklein | Jan 1, 2012
Not all inflammation leads to pain. Despite widespread infection followed by fever, colds rarely cause pain. But when some cytokines and certain immune cells are active near pain-sensing nerves, they trigger receptors that convey pain sensations to the brain.
Cat Cravings
Cat Cravings
Jef Akst | Jan 1, 2012
A mutated feline receptor for sweet tastes explains why cats don’t love sugar but do dig mushrooms.
Contributors
The Scientist Staff | Jan 1, 2012
Meet some of the people featured in the January 2012 issue of The Scientist.
High-Tech Choir Master
High-Tech Choir Master
Karen Hopkin | Jan 1, 2012
Elaine Mardis can make DNA sequencers sing, generating genome data that shed light on evolution and disease.
Lost Colony DNA
Lost Colony DNA
Kerry Grens | Jan 1, 2012
Genotyping could answer a centuries-old mystery about a vanished group of British settlers.