physiology, cell & molecular biology, immunology, ecology
Infected Ants Chemically Attract Workers to Destroy Them
Infected Ants Chemically Attract Workers to Destroy Them
Jim Daley | Apr 1, 2018
Social insects kill infected individuals for the benefit of the colony—and now a study has shown how they know who’s sick.
Chromosomal Instability Drives Cancer Metastasis
Chromosomal Instability Drives Cancer Metastasis
Jim Daley | Apr 1, 2018
In the presence of cytosolic DNA, cancer cells activate antiviral pathways that disguise them as immune cells.
Boosting Immunotherapy Treatments in Mouse Colon Cancer
Boosting Immunotherapy Treatments in Mouse Colon Cancer
Jim Daley | Apr 1, 2018
Mice treated with an immunostimulant had better outcomes when researchers blocked the expression of TNFR2, a compound that helps tumors evade immune attack.
Ocean Sunfish Could Offer Clues to the “Rise of Slime”
Ocean Sunfish Could Offer Clues to the “Rise of Slime”
Ashley Yeager | Apr 1, 2018
A controversial hypothesis suggests that jellyfish may one day rule the oceans, and Mola mola may tell us if we are approaching a tipping point.
Perineuronal Nets: A Mechanism to Control Brain Plasticity
Perineuronal Nets: A Mechanism to Control Brain Plasticity
Daniela Carulli | Apr 1, 2018
The neuronal coverings that mediate synaptic changes are involved in everything from memory to psychiatric disorders, affecting autism, Alzheimer’s, and addiction.
Infographic: How Escaped Chromosomes Can Aid Metastasis
Infographic: How Escaped Chromosomes Can Aid Metastasis
Jim Daley | Mar 31, 2018
Errors in segregation during cell division can lead to inflammation in daughter cells.
Image of the Day: Pseudomonas Autophagy
Image of the Day: Pseudomonas Autophagy
The Scientist Staff | Mar 30, 2018
Researchers identify antibacterial functions of cell death in Arabidopsis when the plant is infected with Pseudomonas.  
Antibiotics Increase Mouse Susceptibility to Dengue, West Nile, and Zika
Antibiotics Increase Mouse Susceptibility to Dengue, West Nile, and Zika
Shawna Williams | Mar 27, 2018
The drugs’ disruption of the microbiome makes a subsequent flavivirus infection more severe.
Merino Sheep Provide Clue to Curly Hair
Merino Sheep Provide Clue to Curly Hair
Catherine Offord | Mar 23, 2018
The cells on one side of each wool fiber are longer than the cells on the other, researchers find. 
Bees’ Molecular Responses to Neonicotinoids Determined
Bees’ Molecular Responses to Neonicotinoids Determined
Catherine Offord | Mar 22, 2018
Researchers pinpoint a protein that can metabolize at least one of the insecticides, highlighting a route to identifying compounds that are friendlier to the critical pollinators.