A colorful mandarinfish on a reef
Genome Spotlight: Mandarinfish (Synchiropus splendidus)
The high-quality genome sequence sheds light on the colorful nature of these popular aquarium fish.
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Genome Spotlight: Mandarinfish (Synchiropus splendidus)
Genome Spotlight: Mandarinfish (Synchiropus splendidus)

The high-quality genome sequence sheds light on the colorful nature of these popular aquarium fish.

The high-quality genome sequence sheds light on the colorful nature of these popular aquarium fish.

ABOVE: © ISTOCK.COM, VOJCE

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hagfish slime on hands
Hagfish Slime Cells Tailored to Deter Predation
Chloe Tenn | Sep 28, 2021
The Scientist spoke with Chapman University’s Yu Zeng about his lab’s finding that the slime-producing cells of the slippery marine fish vary with the creature’s size, which may be an adaptation to thwart different predators.
A grayscale electron micrograph shows hundreds of sperm cells stuck together in the foreground
Antibodies Stop Sperm in Their Tracks
Abby Olena | Aug 11, 2021
Engineered antibodies trap and immobilize human sperm in the reproductive tract of female sheep, paving the way for possible use as a nonhormonal contraceptive in people.
Image of the Day: Sticky Situation
The Scientist Staff | Aug 1, 2017
Inspired by the land slug Arion subfuscus’s sticky, durable slime, researchers created a tough yet bendy biocompatible glue that can adhere to moist surfaces, including a beating pig heart.
Flexible Cells
Kate Yandell | Sep 1, 2013
When stretched, lung cells signal to each other by releasing ATP.