innovation, evolution, immunology
Holding Their Ground
Holding Their Ground
Amanda B. Keener | Feb 1, 2016
To protect the global food supply, scientists want to understand—and enhance—plants’ natural resistance to pathogens.
Jason Holliday: Tree Tracker
Jason Holliday: Tree Tracker
Jef Akst | Feb 1, 2016
Associate Professor, Virginia Tech, Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation. Age: 37
Infection-Autism Link Explained?
Infection-Autism Link Explained?
Jef Akst | Jan 31, 2016
A mouse study suggests a mechanism by which severe infections during pregnancy increase autism risk. 
Lizard Secretes Heat
Lizard Secretes Heat
Bob Grant | Jan 25, 2016
Researchers confirm the unprecedented endothermic abilities of a South American reptile.
Cross-Reactive Ebola Antibodies
Cross-Reactive Ebola Antibodies
Anna Azvolinsky | Jan 21, 2016
Human monoclonal antibodies induced during Ebola infection are able to neutralize related viral species, scientists show. 
Planning for the Next Ebola Outbreak
Planning for the Next Ebola Outbreak
Bob Grant | Jan 20, 2016
A public-health nonprofit and an international drugmaker team up to stockpile hundreds of thousands of doses of a promising vaccine and to speed along the approval process.
Who Owns CRISPR, Cont’d
Who Owns CRISPR, Cont’d
Jef Akst | Jan 14, 2016
The US Patent and Trademark Office declares a patent “interference” and will seek to determine who has rights to the gene-editing technology.
Cord Blood Cells Foretell Food Allergy
Cord Blood Cells Foretell Food Allergy
Amanda B. Keener | Jan 13, 2016
Scientists link an immune phenotype present at birth to the development of food allergies a year later.
How Multicellularity Arose
How Multicellularity Arose
Jef Akst | Jan 11, 2016
Researchers identify a molecule that may have been key to the surprisingly common transition from single-celled ancestors to today’s complex, multicellular organisms. 
Genome Digest
Genome Digest
Catherine Offord | Jan 8, 2016
What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes