A black abalone on a rock
Genome Spotlight: Black Abalone (Haliotis cracherodii)
The researchers who constructed the first reference genome for this critically endangered mollusk say it will assist restoration efforts.
Genome Spotlight: Black Abalone (Haliotis cracherodii)
Genome Spotlight: Black Abalone (Haliotis cracherodii)

The researchers who constructed the first reference genome for this critically endangered mollusk say it will assist restoration efforts.

The researchers who constructed the first reference genome for this critically endangered mollusk say it will assist restoration efforts.

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illustration of purple mitochondrion within a cell
Rogue Mitochondria Turn Hermaphroditic Snails Female: Study
Patience Asanga | May 19, 2022
The accidental finding marks the first time a phenomenon called cytoplasmic sterility, known to occur in plants, has been found in animals.
Can Single Cells Learn?
Catherine Offord | May 1, 2021
A controversial idea from the mid-20th century is attracting renewed attention from researchers developing theories for how cognition arises with or without a brain.
snail shell coil coiling direction knockout CRISPR
Image of the Day: Lefties
Chia-Yi Hou | May 15, 2019
Snails with a gene knocked out by CRISPR grow with their shells coiling in the opposite direction.
Caught on Camera
The Scientist Staff | Dec 1, 2018
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Image of the Day: Uncovered
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jul 12, 2018
Researchers discover cells in the early life stage of the Schistosoma mansoni parasite that contribute to adults’ reproductive systems.
Image of the Day: Snacking on Snails
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 20, 2018
Five newly identified species of snakes suck the mollusks right out of their shells.  
Prospecting for Painkillers
The Scientist Staff | Dec 31, 2017
Cone snail venom researcher Mandë Holford discusses the therapeutic potential of toxins found in animals.
Memories Erased from Snail Neurons
Diana Kwon | Jun 28, 2017
Scientists block particular enzymes to remove the cellular signatures associated with specific memory types.  
Week in Review: October 13–17
Jef Akst | Oct 17, 2014
Snail not extinct after all; results too good to be true?; mice need myelin production for motor learning; keeping the brain young; the evolution of archaea
Fewer Female Snail Penises
Tracy Vence | Jan 14, 2014
Researchers are now spotting fewer cases of imposex—in which female sea snails develop male sexual organs—as a result of a chemical ban instituted in 2008.
Shell Sculpture
Dan Cossins | Sep 1, 2013
A mathematical model explains the physical mechanisms behind the formation of seashell spines, an insight that could shed light on the convergent evolution of the trait.
Electrified Snail
Jef Akst | May 29, 2012
Enzyme-coated electrodes turn the tiny invertebrate into a powerful fuel cell.
Electric Molluscs
Megan Scudellari | Mar 14, 2012
Snails with implanted electrodes generate electricity via metabolism.