plant biology, evolution, culture
Capsule Reviews
Capsule Reviews
Bob Grant | Apr 1, 2015
Junk DNA, Cuckoo, Sapiens, and Cool
Setbacks and Great Leaps
Setbacks and Great Leaps
Sue Armstrong | Apr 1, 2015
The tale of p53, a widely studied tumor suppressor gene, illustrates the inventiveness of researchers who turn mishaps into discoveries.
Book Excerpt from <em>p53</em>
Book Excerpt from p53
Sue Armstrong | Apr 1, 2015
In Chapter 12, "Of Mice and Men," author Sue Armstrong recounts the point at which researchers moved from working with p53 in tissue culture to studying the gene in animal models.
Ebola Mutation Rate Quibble
Ebola Mutation Rate Quibble
Jef Akst | Mar 27, 2015
A study suggests that the virus may not be evolving as quickly as a previous group estimated.
The 2015 Salary Survey Is Complete
The 2015 Salary Survey Is Complete
The Scientist Staff | Mar 13, 2015
Thanks to everyone who participated in this year's survey. Please check back in November for the results.
Book Excerpt from <em>Galileo’s Middle Finger</em>
Book Excerpt from Galileo’s Middle Finger
Alice Dreger | Mar 10, 2015
In Chapter 4, “A Show-Me State of Mind,” author Alice Dreger describes the start of her journey studying scientists who had conducted controversial research.
Oldest <em>Homo</em> Remains Yet Found
Oldest Homo Remains Yet Found
Ruth Williams | Mar 4, 2015
A newly discovered 2.8 million-year-old jawbone is thought to be that of a direct human ancestor.
Stirring the Pot
Stirring the Pot
Alice Dreger | Mar 1, 2015
How to navigate the slings and arrows of conducting “controversial” research
Falling Out of the Family Tree
Falling Out of the Family Tree
Jef Akst | Mar 1, 2015
A mutation in an ethanol-metabolizing enzyme arose around the time that arboreal primates shifted to a more terrestrial lifestyle, perhaps as an adaptation to eating fermented fruit.
A Deathly Pallor
A Deathly Pallor
Carina Storrs | Mar 1, 2015
Global warming could lead to lighter-colored insects with waning immune defenses.