politics, developmental biology, culture
Watch This Biofilm
Watch This Biofilm
The Scientist Staff | Sep 30, 2017
Researchers encoded moving images in DNA within living cells.
Infographic: Macrophages Around the Body
Infographic: Macrophages Around the Body
Claire Asher | Sep 30, 2017
In addition to circulating in the blood as immune sentinels, macrophages play specialized roles in different organs around the body.
Book Excerpt from <em>Rise of the Necrofauna</em>
Book Excerpt from Rise of the Necrofauna
Britt Wray | Sep 30, 2017
In chapter 4, “Why Recreate the Woolly Mammoth?” author Britt Wray explores the social consequences of bringing an iconic species back from extinction.
Water Level in a Cell Can Determine Its Fate
Water Level in a Cell Can Determine Its Fate
Kerry Grens | Sep 27, 2017
Adding or removing water changes how stem cells differentiate.
Facing Brexit, U.K. Makes Science Deal with U.S.
Facing Brexit, U.K. Makes Science Deal with U.S.
Catherine Offord | Sep 22, 2017
The $88 million agreement is part of efforts by the UK government to increase transatlantic collaboration as the country prepares to leave the European Union.
CRISPR Used in Human Embryos to Probe Gene Function
CRISPR Used in Human Embryos to Probe Gene Function
Ashley P. Taylor | Sep 20, 2017
OCT4 is necessary for blastocyst formation in the human embryo, researchers report.
Scientists’ Expectations for Brexit Mostly Grim
Scientists’ Expectations for Brexit Mostly Grim
Catherine Offord | Sep 12, 2017
Some researchers have already been negatively affected by the U.K.’s decision to leave the European Union, though opinions on the eventual outcome remain mixed.
Sea Anemones Illuminate the Evolution of Embryo Development
Sea Anemones Illuminate the Evolution of Embryo Development
Abby Olena | Sep 11, 2017
A study of a simple marine animal suggests that the common ancestor of cnidarians and bilaterians may have had three germ layers instead of two.
U.K. Lays Out Its Vision for Post-Brexit Research
U.K. Lays Out Its Vision for Post-Brexit Research
Catherine Offord | Sep 7, 2017
The government’s new position paper on science and innovation after leaving the E.U. takes a positive tone, but has frustrated researchers with its lack of detail.
Scientists Fear DACA Cancellation
Scientists Fear DACA Cancellation
Jef Akst, Shawna Williams | Sep 4, 2017
Some researchers are at risk of job loss and even deportation if Trump decides to end a program that allows undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children to obtain work permits.