patent, evolution
Adaptation, Island Style
Adaptation, Island Style
The Scientist Staff | Jan 2, 2017
Anole lizards inhabiting the Caribbean islands display some of the key principles of evolution.
Caribbean Anoles Function as Model Organisms for Evolutionary Dynamics
Caribbean Anoles Function as Model Organisms for Evolutionary Dynamics
Amber Dance | Jan 1, 2017
The small lizards adapted to unique niches among dozens of isles.
How an Invasive Bee Managed to Thrive in Australia
How an Invasive Bee Managed to Thrive in Australia
Ben Andrew Henry | Jan 1, 2017
The Asian honeybee should have been crippled by low genetic diversity, but thanks to natural selection it thrived.
Moving Past the Myth of a Simple Biological Difference Between the Sexes
Moving Past the Myth of a Simple Biological Difference Between the Sexes
Cordelia Fine | Jan 1, 2017
The public may still believe that male-specific traits, such as high testosterone levels, lead to many of the gender inequalities that exist in society, but science tells a different story.
Repurposing Existing Drugs for New Indications
Repurposing Existing Drugs for New Indications
Anna Azvolinsky | Jan 1, 2017
An entire industry has sprung up around resurrecting failed drugs and recycling existing compounds for novel indications.
Infographic: Repurposing Strategies
Infographic: Repurposing Strategies
Anna Azvolinsky | Dec 31, 2016
Novel uses for existing and failed drugs may save companies time and money in bringing new therapeutics to market.
Fruit Bats Argue Using Nuanced Communication
Fruit Bats Argue Using Nuanced Communication
Ben Andrew Henry | Dec 29, 2016
Audio recordings of bats hashing out disputes reveals that their calls are laden with information about identity and intent.
Life Science Controversies of 2016
Life Science Controversies of 2016
Bob Grant, Jef Akst, Tracy Vence | Dec 23, 2016
This year, the developers of CRISPR gene-editing technology argued over patent rights, a researcher fought to unmask anonymous PubPeer commenters, US regulators considered “three-parent” babies, and troubles continued for Theranos.
Study: There Are Twice as Many Bird Species as Previously Estimated
Study: There Are Twice as Many Bird Species as Previously Estimated
Ben Andrew Henry | Dec 14, 2016
Standard taxonomy lumps together bird species that should be separate, a new study suggests, raising the total number of estimated species from 9,000 to 18,000.
Video: Patent Battle Over CRISPR Gene Editing
Video: Patent Battle Over CRISPR Gene Editing
Jef Akst | Dec 13, 2016
The Scientist goes to court for a CRISPR patent interference case at the US Patent and Trademark Office.