neuroscience, immunology, genetics & genomics
Mammalian Immunity: What’s RNAi Got to Do with It?
Mammalian Immunity: What’s RNAi Got to Do with It?
Shawna Williams | Jul 21, 2017
A new study adds to the evidence that mammalian cells can use small interfering RNAs to defend against viruses, but questions remain about physiological importance.
Dogs’ Friendly Demeanor Written in Their DNA
Dogs’ Friendly Demeanor Written in Their DNA
Bob Grant | Jul 20, 2017
Researchers pinpoint the genes that make pooches so dang affable.
Neurophysiologist, Ethnographer, and World Explorer Dies
Neurophysiologist, Ethnographer, and World Explorer Dies
Aggie Mika | Jul 18, 2017
S. Allen Counter pursued scientific questions within various cultures throughout the world.
Dogs Have a Single Genetic Origin: Study
Dogs Have a Single Genetic Origin: Study
Diana Kwon | Jul 18, 2017
A new genetic analysis contradicts a 2016 study proposing that our canine companions were domesticated from two distinct populations.
Image of the Day: Cortical Lightning Storm
Image of the Day: Cortical Lightning Storm
The Scientist Staff | Jul 18, 2017
Neurons in a mouse model of autism consistently fire in response to whisker agitation.
Most of Human Genome Nonfunctional: Study
Most of Human Genome Nonfunctional: Study
Kerry Grens | Jul 17, 2017
An estimate derived from fertility rates concludes that at least 75 percent of our DNA has no critical utility.
Emily Balskus Pins Down the Chemistry and Metabolism of Human Microbiomes
Emily Balskus Pins Down the Chemistry and Metabolism of Human Microbiomes
Vijay Shankar Balakrishnan | Jul 17, 2017
At Harvard University the chemical biologist looks for new metabolic pathways to investigate how gut bacteria interact with one another and their hosts.
Researchers Uncover Previously Unknown Immune Cell Subtypes
Researchers Uncover Previously Unknown Immune Cell Subtypes
Aggie Mika | Jul 17, 2017
Using single-cell RNA sequencing, scientists characterize new populations of dendritic cells and monocytes.
Epigenetic Inheritance in Nematodes
Epigenetic Inheritance in Nematodes
Catherine Offord | Jul 17, 2017
The memory of a temperature spike can persist for as many as 14 generations in C. elegans.
Twists and Turns
Twists and Turns
Mary Beth Aberlin | Jul 17, 2017
New starring roles for nucleic acids