insects, evolution, developmental biology, microbiology
Image of the Day: Morphing Cells
Image of the Day: Morphing Cells
The Scientist Staff | Mar 27, 2018
By removing a single gene, researchers change the developmental fate of tumor cells in mice.  
Neanderthal Genomes Hint at Species’s Population History
Neanderthal Genomes Hint at Species’s Population History
Ashley Yeager | Mar 22, 2018
DNA analysis gives clues to how the ancient hominin’s population split and how they interacted with modern humans.
Image of the Day: Flock of Algae
Image of the Day: Flock of Algae
The Scientist Staff | Mar 21, 2018
Volvox barberi actively organize themselves into large colonies that optimize space.
Many Non-Antibiotic Drugs Affect Gut Bacteria
Many Non-Antibiotic Drugs Affect Gut Bacteria
Catherine Offord | Mar 20, 2018
A new study finds that more than 200 human-targeted, non-antibiotic drugs inhibit the growth of bacterial species that make up part of the human microbiome.
Monitoring Mutations with Microfluidics
Monitoring Mutations with Microfluidics
Ruth Williams | Mar 15, 2018
A device dubbed the “mother machine” enables real-time observation of mutagenesis in single bacterial cells.  
Bt Corn Associated with Higher Yields, Less Insecticide Use in Neighboring Fields
Bt Corn Associated with Higher Yields, Less Insecticide Use in Neighboring Fields
Shawna Williams | Mar 13, 2018
An analysis of 40 years of data also finds declines in pest populations after the introduction of the GM crop.
Hawaiian Spiders on Different Islands Evolved Same Disguise in Parallel
Hawaiian Spiders on Different Islands Evolved Same Disguise in Parallel
Catherine Offord | Mar 8, 2018
In an unusual evolutionary twist, local stick spiders have come up with an almost identical repertoire of color morphs in multiple locations.
Image of the Day: Living Color
Image of the Day: Living Color
The Scientist Staff | Mar 8, 2018
Biodegradable pigments could be custom-grown by bacteria in the future, say researchers.  
EPA’s Scott Pruitt Doesn’t Buy Evolution
EPA’s Scott Pruitt Doesn’t Buy Evolution
Kerry Grens | Mar 5, 2018
In audio files from 2005, the future Administrator of the EPA said there’s a lack of “sufficient scientific facts” to back the theory.
Slime Mold in Residence
Slime Mold in Residence
Ashley P. Taylor | Mar 2, 2018
At Hampshire College, students and faculty use the amoeba Physarum polycephalum—both a “visiting scholar” and a model organism—to examine human societal and political quandaries.