physiology, immunology, microbiology
Gut Microbes Linked to Neurodegenerative Disease
Gut Microbes Linked to Neurodegenerative Disease
Abby Olena | Dec 1, 2016
Bacteria in the intestine influence motor dysfunction and neuroinflammation in a mouse model of Parkinson’s disease.
Studies Conflict on Spores’ Need for Protein Synthesis
Studies Conflict on Spores’ Need for Protein Synthesis
Kerry Grens | Dec 1, 2016
Different assays lead to opposing conclusions on bacterial spores’ requirements during germination.
Low Social Status May Weaken Immune System in Monkeys
Low Social Status May Weaken Immune System in Monkeys
Ben Andrew Henry | Nov 29, 2016
Life at the bottom of the pecking order ramps up inflammation, according to new research, an effect that appears to be reversible.
Infant Microbiome: Vaginal Delivery Versus C-Section
Infant Microbiome: Vaginal Delivery Versus C-Section
Jef Akst | Nov 27, 2016
A new literature review finds that even if babies born via Cesarean section have long-term health risks, as a number of past studies purport, it may not be a result of the procedure itself.
Altered Microbiome Contributes to Exaggerated Post-Diet Weight Regain in Mice
Altered Microbiome Contributes to Exaggerated Post-Diet Weight Regain in Mice
Tracy Vence | Nov 24, 2016
Obesity-associated microbiome composition can persist after weight loss, affecting the exchange of metabolites between a mouse and its resident bugs, researchers report.
More than 40 New Papers on Epigenetics Published
More than 40 New Papers on Epigenetics Published
Jef Akst | Nov 22, 2016
The International Human Epigenome Consortium presents a series of studies on how epigenetics influences immunity, cell lineage determination, and differentiation.
Bacteria Show Signs of Starvation in Space
Bacteria Show Signs of Starvation in Space
Mallory Locklear | Nov 18, 2016
E. coli cultured on the International Space Station show increased expression of genes related to starvation and acid-resistance responses, researchers report.
Antarctic Bacteria Latch Onto Ice with Molecular Fishing Rod
Antarctic Bacteria Latch Onto Ice with Molecular Fishing Rod
Ben Andrew Henry | Nov 1, 2016
Researchers describe the first known bacterial adhesion molecule that binds to frozen water. 
Contributors
Contributors
Ben Andrew Henry | Nov 1, 2016
Meet some of the people featured in the November 2016 issue of The Scientist.
Nosing Around
Nosing Around
Mary Beth Aberlin | Nov 1, 2016
Covering neuroscience research means choosing from an embarrassment of riches.