phage, immunology, microbiology
Circulating Mitochondrial DNA Alerts Immune System to Danger
Circulating Mitochondrial DNA Alerts Immune System to Danger
Katarina Zimmer | Mar 1, 2018
In response to short DNA fragments, lymphocytes release mitochondrial DNA that helps trigger an immune response.
Parasitologist, Reprogrammed: A Profile of David Roos
Parasitologist, Reprogrammed: A Profile of David Roos
Anna Azvolinsky | Mar 1, 2018
After discovering a novel organelle found in protozoan parasites, the University of Pennsylvania’s Roos created a widely used eukaryotic pathogen database.
Eat Yourself to Live: Autophagy’s Role in Health and Disease
Eat Yourself to Live: Autophagy’s Role in Health and Disease
Vikramjit Lahiri and Daniel J. Klionsky | Mar 1, 2018
New details of the molecular process by which our cells consume themselves point to therapeutic potential.
Stem Cell Vaccine Protects Mice From Cancer
Stem Cell Vaccine Protects Mice From Cancer
Ruth Williams | Feb 15, 2018
Stem cells and cancer cells have enough molecular similarities that the former can be used to trigger immunity against the latter.
Image of the Day: Tardigrades!
Image of the Day: Tardigrades!
The Scientist Staff | Feb 13, 2018
The microscopic water bears will be featured in an exhibition at the Harvard Museum of Natural History beginning Saturday, February 17.
Bacteriophages Plentiful in Women’s Bladders
Bacteriophages Plentiful in Women’s Bladders
Abby Olena | Feb 2, 2018
In one of the first looks at the urinary virome, researchers find hundreds of viruses, most of which have never been sequenced before. 
Researchers Develop Potential Blood Test for Alzheimer’s Disease
Researchers Develop Potential Blood Test for Alzheimer’s Disease
Catherine Offord | Feb 2, 2018
The test uses levels of plasma amyloid-β to estimate the buildup of protein plaques in the brain.
Anjali Iyer-Pascuzzi Investigates How Pathogens Invade Plant Roots
Anjali Iyer-Pascuzzi Investigates How Pathogens Invade Plant Roots
Shawna Williams | Feb 1, 2018
The Purdue University researcher is one of the first to examine the molecular processes that underlie infection by soil microbes.
Researchers Catalog Earth’s Microbiome
Researchers Catalog Earth’s Microbiome
Katarina Zimmer | Feb 1, 2018
The new database includes data from 27,000 samples collected at sites ranging from Alaskan permafrost to the ocean floor.
Researchers Learn from Plant Viruses to Protect Crops
Researchers Learn from Plant Viruses to Protect Crops
Claire Asher | Feb 1, 2018
Plants are locked in an ancient arms race with hostile viruses, but genome editing is giving crops the upper hand.