politics, genetics & genomics, culture, evolution
“Minibrains” May Soon Include Neanderthal DNA
“Minibrains” May Soon Include Neanderthal DNA
Ashley Yeager | May 14, 2018
Brain organoids engineered to carry the genetic material could reveal how our brains are similar to and different from those of our closest relatives.
Origin of Frog-Killing Chytrid Fungus Found
Origin of Frog-Killing Chytrid Fungus Found
Ruth Williams | May 10, 2018
DNA evidence points to Asian amphibians as the source of a fatal disease that has been wiping out frogs across the globe.  
Head of Global Health Security Ousted from White House
Head of Global Health Security Ousted from White House
Shawna Williams | May 10, 2018
The position was eliminated the same week a new Ebola outbreak was declared in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Genetic Screen Predicts T-Cell Lymphoma Aggression
Genetic Screen Predicts T-Cell Lymphoma Aggression
Kerry Grens | May 9, 2018
Sequencing of a single gene can spot patients with a dangerous form of mycosis fungoides better than other prognostic tests.  
CDC Director Takes a $165,300 Pay Cut
CDC Director Takes a $165,300 Pay Cut
Diana Kwon | May 9, 2018
Robert Redfield’s record-setting salary was nearly double that of his predecessors.
Ancient Humans Had Hepatitis B
Ancient Humans Had Hepatitis B
Abby Olena | May 9, 2018
Analyses of more than 300 ancient human genomes show that Hepatitis B virus has infected humans for at least 4,500 years and has much older origins than modern viral genomes would suggest.
Stanley Falkow, Father of Molecular Microbial Pathogenesis, Dies
Stanley Falkow, Father of Molecular Microbial Pathogenesis, Dies
Catherine Offord | May 9, 2018
The microbiologist was known for his work on bacterial antibiotic resistance and infectious disease.
Image of the Day: Hold My Brood
Image of the Day: Hold My Brood
The Scientist Staff | May 9, 2018
Cuckoo catfish trick cichlids into caring for their eggs in a strategy known as brood parasitism.
Opinion: How We Found a New Way to Detect “Hidden Sharks”
Opinion: How We Found a New Way to Detect “Hidden Sharks”
Judith Bakker, Stefano Mariani | May 7, 2018
Given the speed and efficiency of environmental (eDNA) sampling, a much larger portion of the sea can be screened, in a shorter time, for patterns of diversity.
Image of the Day: Bird Braincase
Image of the Day: Bird Braincase
The Scientist Staff | May 4, 2018
Newly discovered fossils shed light on the structure of the feeding apparatus of ancient seabirds.