quantitative PCR, ecology, developmental biology
Subglacial Ecosystem
Subglacial Ecosystem
Jef Akst | Aug 22, 2014
Samples from an Antarctic lake 800 meters below the ice reveal an abundance of microbial life.
Crayfish Blood Cells Make New Neurons
Crayfish Blood Cells Make New Neurons
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Aug 12, 2014
Hemocytes can form neurons in adult crayfish, a study shows.
Meal Plans
Meal Plans
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Aug 1, 2014
Bacterial populations’ differing strategies for responding to their environment can set genetic routes to speciation.
Super Sniffers?
Super Sniffers?
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jul 24, 2014
African elephants have more genes for olfactory receptors than dogs or humans, a study shows. 
Dustup Over Lionfish Science Fair Project
Dustup Over Lionfish Science Fair Project
Bob Grant | Jul 23, 2014
A former graduate student says he feels slighted by a failure to attribute his contributions to a line of research regarding the salinity tolerances of an invasive species.
Insecticides Harm Birds Indirectly
Insecticides Harm Birds Indirectly
Tracy Vence | Jul 10, 2014
The effects of neonicotinoid use on insect populations appear to be rippling through the food chain, scientists show.
Lichen Legion
Lichen Legion
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jul 2, 2014
Genetic analysis splits one species into 126.
Emperor Penguins on Thin Ice
Emperor Penguins on Thin Ice
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jun 30, 2014
A new model suggests emperor penguin populations could decline by 19 percent by 2100.
Mosquitoes Attracted to Malaria-Infected Mice
Mosquitoes Attracted to Malaria-Infected Mice
Tracy Vence | Jun 30, 2014
Mice infected with a malaria-causing parasite emit odors that are more attractive to malaria-transmitting mosquitoes than uninfected animals, a study shows.
Arrested Development Makes for Long-Lived Worms
Arrested Development Makes for Long-Lived Worms
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jun 23, 2014
Starvation suspends cellular activity in C. elegans larvae and extends their lifespan. 
Combating Asian Carp
Combating Asian Carp
Jef Akst | Jun 5, 2014
A new plan to protect the Great Lakes from the invasive species is set in motion.
Autism-Hormone Link Found
Autism-Hormone Link Found
Bob Grant | Jun 4, 2014
A study documents boys with autism who were exposed to elevated levels of testosterone, cortisol, and other hormones in utero.
Wild Relatives
Wild Relatives
Hannes Dempewolf, Nora P. Castañeda-Álvarez, Colin K. Khoury | Jun 1, 2014
As rich sources of genetic diversity, the progenitors and kin of today’s food crops hold great promise for improving production in agriculture’s challenging future.
Running Wild
Running Wild
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | May 22, 2014
Mice in nature appear to enjoy running on wheels, helping to settle the question whether the behavior is a just a neurotic response in lab mice.
Rock Snot Explained
Rock Snot Explained
Bob Grant | May 8, 2014
An increasingly common algal growth, found in rivers the world over, is caused by changing environmental conditions, not accidental introductions.
Finch-Powered Fumigation
Finch-Powered Fumigation
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | May 7, 2014
Darwin’s finches use pesticide-treated cotton to line their nests and unwittingly protect themselves against parasitic fly larvae.
The Telltale Tail
The Telltale Tail
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | May 1, 2014
A symbiotic relationship between squid and bacteria provides an alternative explanation for bacterial sheathed flagella.
Capsule Reviews
Capsule Reviews
Bob Grant | May 1, 2014
Madness and Memory, Promoting the Planck Club, The Carnivore Way, and The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons
Where the Wild Things Were
Where the Wild Things Were
Daniel Cossins | May 1, 2014
Conservationists are reintroducing large animals to areas they once roamed, providing ecologists with the chance to assess whether such “rewilding” efforts can restore lost ecosystems.
A Wilder Europe
A Wilder Europe
Daniel Cossins | Apr 30, 2014
An organization hopes to restore natural ecological processes by reintroducing large herbivores to the continent.