Lamarck, evolution, microbiology
The Body’s Ecosystem
The Body’s Ecosystem
The Scientist Staff | Aug 1, 2014
Research on the human microbiome is booming, and scientists have moved from simply taking stock of gut flora to understanding the influence of microbes throughout the body.
Prepped for the Long Sleep
Prepped for the Long Sleep
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jul 30, 2014
Hibernation-related proteins are common even in non-hibernating animals, a study shows.
Abundant, Widespread Virus Discovered
Abundant, Widespread Virus Discovered
Jef Akst | Jul 29, 2014
Scientists identify a bacteriophage that is highly abundant in the gut bacteria of people around the world.
Fossil Freshens Views on Dinosaur Feathers
Fossil Freshens Views on Dinosaur Feathers
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jul 28, 2014
A feather-covered herbivorous dinosaur offers a surprising perspective on plumage. 
Week in Review: July 21–25
Week in Review: July 21–25
Tracy Vence | Jul 25, 2014
Blood-based Alzheimer’s diagnostics; CRISPR cuts out HIV; Leishmania and the sand fly microbiome; deconstructing the lionfish science fair debacle
Super Sniffers?
Super Sniffers?
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jul 24, 2014
African elephants have more genes for olfactory receptors than dogs or humans, a study shows. 
Hitting a Climate “Seal”-ing
Hitting a Climate “Seal”-ing
Kate Yandell | Jul 23, 2014
Due to the effects of climate change, female fur seals that successfully breed do so later in life and are more likely to have increased variability within their genomes.
Gut Microbes Detoxify Rat Diets
Gut Microbes Detoxify Rat Diets
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jul 23, 2014
Foregut microbes in Mojave Desert rats help the animals metabolize creosote toxins.
Behavior Brief
Behavior Brief
Tracy Vence | Jul 17, 2014
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
Books on the <em>Beagle</em>
Books on the Beagle
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jul 17, 2014
An online reconstruction makes the library from Darwin’s famed ship more accessible.