pixels, evolution, immunology
Anti-Inflammatory Drugs as Antivenom?
Anti-Inflammatory Drugs as Antivenom?
Bob Grant | Feb 24, 2016
Compounds typically used to calm the immune system can prevent death from scorpion venom in mice, researchers report.
Similar Data, Different Conclusions
Similar Data, Different Conclusions
Ashley P. Taylor | Feb 23, 2016
By tweaking certain conditions of a long-running experiment on E. coli, scientists found that some bacteria could be prompted to express a mutant phenotype sooner, without the “generation of new genetic information.” The resulting debate—whether the data support evolutionary theory—is more about semantics than science.
Premature Assault?
Premature Assault?
Jef Akst | Feb 9, 2016
Plants may trick bacteria into attacking before the microbial population reaches a critical size, allowing the plants to successfully defend the weak invasion.
Fungal Security Force
Fungal Security Force
Karen Zusi | Feb 1, 2016
In yew trees, Taxol-producing fungi function as an immune system to ward off pathogens.
iDarwin
iDarwin
Jef Akst | Feb 1, 2016
A synthetic interview with the father of evolutionary theory, now available as a smartphone app, teaches students and the public about the famed biologist.
Fighting Back
Fighting Back
Mary Beth Aberlin | Feb 1, 2016
Plants can’t run away from attackers, so they’ve evolved unique immune defenses to protect themselves.
Contributors
Contributors
Karen Zusi | Feb 1, 2016
Meet some of the people featured in the February 2016 issue of The Scientist.
Chat With Charlie
Chat With Charlie
The Scientist Staff | Feb 1, 2016
See a preview of the app that lets you ask questions of a virtual Charles Darwin.
Plant Immunity
Plant Immunity
Amanda B. Keener | Feb 1, 2016
How plants fight off pathogens
Holding Their Ground
Holding Their Ground
Amanda B. Keener | Feb 1, 2016
To protect the global food supply, scientists want to understand—and enhance—plants’ natural resistance to pathogens.