sexual orientation, microbiology, evolution
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.
Breast Milk Sugars Support Infant Gut Health
Breast Milk Sugars Support Infant Gut Health
Anna Azvolinsky | Feb 18, 2016
Oligosaccharides found in breast milk stimulate the activity of gut bacteria, promoting growth in two animal models of infant malnutrition.
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.
Contributors
Contributors
Karen Zusi | Feb 1, 2016
Meet some of the people featured in the February 2016 issue of The Scientist.
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.
Speaking of Science
Speaking of Science
The Scientist Staff | Feb 1, 2016
February 2016's selection of notable quotes
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.
The Mycobiome
The Mycobiome
Mahmoud Ghannoum | Feb 1, 2016
The largely overlooked resident fungal community plays a critical role in human health and disease.
The Fungi Within
The Fungi Within
Mahmoud Ghannoum | Feb 1, 2016
Diverse fungal species live in and on the human body.
Jason Holliday: Tree Tracker
Jason Holliday: Tree Tracker
Jef Akst | Feb 1, 2016
Associate Professor, Virginia Tech, Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation. Age: 37