microscope, ecology, genetics & genomics
New Study Contradicts Previous Idea About Origins of South Americans
New Study Contradicts Previous Idea About Origins of South Americans
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 1, 2018
Divergent human lineages of North America intermingled before setting off to establish populations of Central and South America.  
Race Is Not a Genomic Phenomenon
Race Is Not a Genomic Phenomenon
Rob DeSalle, Ian Tattersall | Jun 1, 2018
Rather, DNA sequencing can help us parse our ancestry, a subtle but important distinction.
Youssef Belkhadir Deciphers Plants’ Signaling Soundtrack
Youssef Belkhadir Deciphers Plants’ Signaling Soundtrack
Ashley Yeager | Jun 1, 2018
An entrepreneurial attitude helped this Vienna-based researcher begin to unravel the complex receptor network that Arabidopsis uses to develop and defend itself.
Productivity Paradox
Productivity Paradox
Jim Daley | Jun 1, 2018
During the last ice age, there wasn’t much plant matter to eat on northern steppes, but herbivorous woolly mammoths were abundant. How did they survive?
Surveying Biodiversity with Leeches
Surveying Biodiversity with Leeches
Diana Kwon | Jun 1, 2018
Scientists are searching for signatures of mammals within the blood meals of the invertebrates.
Why Bats Make Such Good Viral Hosts
Why Bats Make Such Good Viral Hosts
Katarina Zimmer | Jun 1, 2018
The bat version of the STING protein helps dampen the mammals' immune response to infection, researchers have found.
Contributors
Contributors
Jim Daley | Jun 1, 2018
Meet some of the people featured in the June 2018 issue of The Scientist.
Infographic: Gassy Genes
Infographic: Gassy Genes
Ruth Williams | Jun 1, 2018

Soil scientists get bacteria to report on what their neighbors are up to.

Human-Specific Genes Implicated in Brain Size
Human-Specific Genes Implicated in Brain Size
Abby Olena | May 31, 2018
Three members of a gene family called NOTCH2NL may have been involved in the evolution of humans’ big cortex.
Aging-Related Diseases May Be a Negative Outcome of Human Evolution
Aging-Related Diseases May Be a Negative Outcome of Human Evolution
Sukanya Charuchandra | May 31, 2018
Genetic adaptations for human brain development also make us vulnerable to Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study.