microscope, immunology, neuroscience
Rural Teens Have Fewer Allergies
Megan Scudellari | May 8, 2012
The diversity of microbes in the great outdoors may protect against inflammatory disorders.
Book Excerpt from Memoirs of an Addicted Brain: A Neuroscientist Examines His Former Life on Drugs
Marc Lewis | May 1, 2012
In Chapter 12, "The Opium Fields," author Marc Lewis recounts one night spent in the brain chemistry-bending grip of opium addiction.
Pure Pursuits
Katherine Bagley | May 1, 2012
Techniques for simpler, cheaper, and better antibody purification
Tumor Turnabout
Megan Scudellari | May 1, 2012
A cytokine involved in suppressing the immune system may actually activate it to kill cancer cells.
Dopamine: Duality of Desire
Marc Lewis | May 1, 2012
Being an ex-drug-addict turned neuroscientist brings a unique insight into the physiological and phenomenological realities of addiction.
Contributors
The Scientist Staff | May 1, 2012
Meet some of the people featured in the April 2012 issue of The Scientist.
The Sound of Color
Jef Akst | May 1, 2012
A completely colorblind musician and painter perceives the world in a new way with help from technology.
Pigeon GPS Identified
Megan Scudellari | Apr 26, 2012
A population of neurons in pigeon brains encodes direction, intensity, and polarity of the Earth’s magnetic field.
Anti-inflammatory Factors Fight Bugs
Megan Scudellari | Apr 25, 2012
A combination of antibiotics and the body’s own defensive metabolites clears bacterial infections faster than antibiotics alone.
New Brain Stem Cell
Cristina Luiggi | Apr 23, 2012
Progenitor cells discovered in the brain’s small blood vessels have the capacity to differentiate into neurons and other tissue types.