invasive species, disease & medicine, developmental biology
Image of the Day: The Last Sloth
Image of the Day: The Last Sloth
The Scientist Staff | Nov 16, 2017
An artist’s impression suggests what the Caribbean may have looked like before humans arrived. 
Image of the Day: Tadpole Prism
Image of the Day: Tadpole Prism
The Scientist Staff | Nov 3, 2017
Scientists are making use of Xenopus tadpoles to study autism risk genes. 
Tracking Invasive Fire Ants in Asia
Tracking Invasive Fire Ants in Asia
Steve Graff | Nov 1, 2017
These insect transplants have the potential to wreak economic havoc by outcompeting native insects and destroying crops.
Fire Ant Rafts
Fire Ant Rafts
The Scientist Staff | Oct 31, 2017
The invasive insects weathered extreme climatic conditions by banding together and riding out Hurricane Harvey's flood waters.
Check Out This 3-D Interactive Fire Ant Model
Check Out This 3-D Interactive Fire Ant Model
The Scientist Staff | Oct 30, 2017
Explore the many facets of this invasive species.
Gigantic “Tree Lobsters” Not Extinct After All
Gigantic “Tree Lobsters” Not Extinct After All
Catherine Offord | Oct 8, 2017
Researchers identify the Lord Howe Island stick insect on the remains of a large volcano in the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand.
Image of the Day: Fragile Brain
Image of the Day: Fragile Brain
The Scientist Staff | Oct 3, 2017
In Fragile X syndrome—a genetic mishap that results in cognitive delays—the lack of a translation-repressing protein leads to the rampant accumulation of other proteins in the mouse brain.
Macrophages Are the Ultimate Multitaskers
Macrophages Are the Ultimate Multitaskers
Claire Asher | Oct 1, 2017
From guiding branching neurons in the developing brain to maintaining a healthy heartbeat, there seems to be no job that the immune cells can’t tackle.
Infographic: Macrophages Around the Body
Infographic: Macrophages Around the Body
Claire Asher | Sep 30, 2017
In addition to circulating in the blood as immune sentinels, macrophages play specialized roles in different organs around the body.
Water Level in a Cell Can Determine Its Fate
Water Level in a Cell Can Determine Its Fate
Kerry Grens | Sep 27, 2017
Adding or removing water changes how stem cells differentiate.