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AN INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE
May 2022, Issue 2
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May 18, 2022
Uncover the Cause of SIDS?
An interesting but preliminary biomarker study’s reception illustrates the challenges of conducting and communicating nuanced research in the era of social media.
May 16, 2022
Steroids May Explain Octopuses’ Self-Starvation
Extracellular Vesicles: Applications and Potential
Apples Lay the Foundation for Regenerating Bone
Early Inflammation Protects Against Chronic Pain, Study Finds
Alejandra Manjarrez | May 12, 2022
Human data and experiments in mice challenge the common use of anti-inflammatory drugs to treat pain.
How a Prominent Mexican Scientist Wound Up a Spy for Russia
Natalia Mesa | May 5, 2022
Hector Cabrera Fuentes, a renowned cardiovascular researcher, collaborated with Russian intelligence agents for more than a year, prosecutors said.
Expanding the Available Target Range for New Drugs and Diagnostics with Aptamers
The Scientist Creative Services Team | May 3, 2022
In this roundtable discussion, an expert panel will discuss why aptamer sensor technology is ready to replace antibody-based diagnostic platforms.
Surface Area of Tooth Roots Predicts Primate Body Size
Maddie Bender | May 2, 2022
Researchers determine that a primate’s tooth root, and not just its crown, can yield reliable information about body size, but the relationship between root surface area and diet isn’t as clear.
The Mystery of the Mouse Sperm Hook
Natalia Mesa | May 2, 2022
Nearly all mouse sperm have hooks on their heads. But new research suggests the structures slow them down—so what exactly is their purpose?
Driving Disease Research and Therapeutics with Large-Scale Proteomics
The Scientist Creative Services Team, SomaLogic | Mar 8, 2022
Explore how technology enables large-scale proteomics for biomarker discovery and clinical application.
Grape-Doling Tourists Gave Endangered Iguanas High Blood Sugar
Dan Robitzski | Apr 21, 2022
Research finds that a high-sugar diet supplied by tourists is giving Bahamian rock iguanas the lizard equivalent of high blood sugar.
Neurons Damaged in Dementia Recognize Interruptions to Patterns
Anna Napolitano | Mar 16, 2022
A new study reveals a network of neurons that, when disrupted, impairs adaptation to new circumstances in several types of dementia.
An Introduction to Enzymes
The Scientist Creative Services Team | Nov 8, 2021
Discover how enzymes work and why they're an integral part of scientific laboratories.
Book Excerpt from
Why We Love
Anna Machin | Mar 14, 2022
In Chapter 1, “Survival,” author Anna Machin describes the health benefits of strong human bonds.
Heat May Melt Away White Fat
Sophie Fessl | Mar 4, 2022
Local heat therapy induces browning of adipose tissue in mice and humans, a study finds, suggesting it could help treat obesity—though some experts have reservations.
Metabolomic Links Between Environmental Exposures and Human Health
The Scientist Creative Services Team | Oct 25, 2021
Experts discuss how untargeted metabolomic studies connect environmental factors with human disease.
Genetically Altered Mice Harness Benefits of Calorie Restriction
Sophie Fessl | Feb 11, 2022
A study identifies a gene that appears to be partially responsible for the health effects of a limited diet.
Within Hours, Surgical Implant Lets Paralyzed Patients Walk
Dan Robitzski | Feb 8, 2022
Multiple clinical trial participants who have severe spinal injuries were able to stand, walk, and perform specific activities after just one day of using an implant surgically embedded in their spines.
Spatial Biology in Physiology and Pathology
The Scientist Creative Services Team | Sep 23, 2021
Elana Fertig and Sanjay Srivatsan discuss the importance of the spatial dimension for biological systems research.
Epigenetic Changes to Placenta Correlate with Maternal Depression
Chloe Tenn | Feb 1, 2022
An epigenome-wide association study found more than a dozen methylation changes in placental DNA that correlated with expectant mothers’ self-reports of depression and stress during their pregnancy.
Gut Microbes Help Ground Squirrels Endure Hibernation
Alejandra Manjarrez | Jan 27, 2022
By breaking down urea, the animals’ gut bacteria recycle nitrogen, which can be then used to build new molecules during prolonged fasting.
Could a Synthetic Probiotic Replace a Strict Diet for Patients with Phenylketonuria?
Roni Dengler, PhD | Aug 16, 2021
Synthetic biologists introduced an engineered microbe that may lead to new treatment options for phenylketonuria.
Drug Cocktail Triggers Regeneration of Amputated Frog Legs
Dan Robitzski | Jan 26, 2022
A new chemical treatment allowed African clawed frogs, which normally don’t regenerate limbs, to regrow functional hind legs following amputation.
How the Gut Differentiates Artificial Sweeteners from Sugars
Chloe Tenn | Jan 21, 2022
Signals from sweeteners and sugars are relayed from the gut to the brain by different neural pathways, a new study concludes.