innovation, ecology, immunology
Deploying the Body’s Army
Deploying the Body’s Army
Jamie Green and Charlotte Ariyan | Apr 1, 2014
Using patients’ own immune systems to fight cancer
Python Auto-Pilot
Python Auto-Pilot
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Mar 21, 2014
Invasive snakes in Florida show evidence of a compass sense they use to navigate back to home territory.
Vitamin A’s Influence on Immunity
Vitamin A’s Influence on Immunity
Ashley P. Taylor | Mar 19, 2014
Exposure to vitamin A in the womb influences immune system development and lifelong ability to fight infections, a mouse study shows. 
Old-School Fish Guides
Old-School Fish Guides
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Mar 18, 2014
Experienced fish may be critical for keeping migrating populations on track, a study finds.
Ancient Moss Reincarnated
Ancient Moss Reincarnated
Jef Akst | Mar 18, 2014
Antarctic moss beds that have been frozen for more than 1,500 years yield plants that can be brought back to life in the lab.
Northern Exposure
Northern Exposure
Jef Akst | Mar 1, 2014
Researchers are using snowdrifts to artificially warm Arctic tundra during winter and finding that more carbon is released from the soil than plants can soak up from the atmosphere.
Week in Review: February 3–7
Week in Review: February 3–7
Tracy Vence | Feb 7, 2014
Federal stem cell regulations vary; Salmonella exploit host immune system; microglia help maintain synaptic connections; prosthesis re-creates feeling of touch
Immune Response Promotes Infection
Immune Response Promotes Infection
Laasya Samhita | Feb 6, 2014
Salmonella enterica can exploit a standard immune response in mice to promote its own growth.
Pruning Synapses Improves Brain Connections
Pruning Synapses Improves Brain Connections
Ed Yong | Feb 2, 2014
Without microglia to pluck off unwanted synapses in early life, mouse brains develop with weaker connections, leading to altered social behavior.
Speaking of Science
Speaking of Science
The Scientist Staff | Feb 1, 2014
February 2014's selection of notable quotes