infectious disease, microbiology, neuroscience
Could a Dose of Sunshine Make You Smarter?
Could a Dose of Sunshine Make You Smarter?
Ruth Williams | May 17, 2018
Moderate ultraviolet light exposure boosts the brainpower of mice thanks to increased production of the neurotransmitter glutamate.  
Experimental Ebola Vaccine to be Used in DRC Outbreak
Experimental Ebola Vaccine to be Used in DRC Outbreak
Kerry Grens | May 14, 2018
As the virus spreads in Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organization is preparing to immunize people as soon as this week.
“Minibrains” May Soon Include Neanderthal DNA
“Minibrains” May Soon Include Neanderthal DNA
Ashley Yeager | May 14, 2018
Brain organoids engineered to carry the genetic material could reveal how our brains are similar to and different from those of our closest relatives.
Image of the Day: Cooking Up Neurons
Image of the Day: Cooking Up Neurons
The Scientist Staff | May 11, 2018
Using different combinations of transcription factors, researchers create a diverse array of neurons from mouse skin cells.
Origin of Frog-Killing Chytrid Fungus Found
Origin of Frog-Killing Chytrid Fungus Found
Ruth Williams | May 10, 2018
DNA evidence points to Asian amphibians as the source of a fatal disease that has been wiping out frogs across the globe.  
Head of Global Health Security Ousted from White House
Head of Global Health Security Ousted from White House
Shawna Williams | May 10, 2018
The position was eliminated the same week a new Ebola outbreak was declared in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Artificial Intelligence Mimics Navigation Cells in the Brain
Artificial Intelligence Mimics Navigation Cells in the Brain
Diana Kwon | May 10, 2018
An algorithm trained to move through a virtual environment spontaneously generated patterns of activity found in so-called grid neurons.
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.
Two Ebola Cases Confirmed in Democratic Republic of Congo
Two Ebola Cases Confirmed in Democratic Republic of Congo
Shawna Williams | May 8, 2018
The country’s health ministry and the World Health Organization rush to contain the new outbreak.
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.