Top Spider Biologist’s Research Under Fire
Top Spider Biologist’s Research Under Fire
After the initial announcements of two retractions, scientists have mobilized to interrogate the data in nearly 150 of Jonathan Pruitt’s papers.
Top Spider Biologist’s Research Under Fire
Top Spider Biologist’s Research Under Fire

After the initial announcements of two retractions, scientists have mobilized to interrogate the data in nearly 150 of Jonathan Pruitt’s papers.

After the initial announcements of two retractions, scientists have mobilized to interrogate the data in nearly 150 of Jonathan Pruitt’s papers.

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Image of the Day: Reprogrammed Ants
Image of the Day: Reprogrammed Ants
Emily Makowski | Nov 13, 2019
Watch soldier ants behave more like foragers after scientists change their gene expression.
Image of the Day: Corn Fed
Image of the Day: Corn Fed
Catherine Offord | Nov 29, 2018
Bumblebee colonies grow poorly in landscapes dominated by maize, researchers find.
Infected Ants Chemically Attract Workers to Destroy Them
Infected Ants Chemically Attract Workers to Destroy Them
Jim Daley | Mar 31, 2018
Social insects kill infected individuals for the benefit of the colony—and now a study has shown how they know who’s sick.
Researchers Grow “Frankenstein Ants” to Study Epigenetics
Researchers Grow “Frankenstein Ants” to Study Epigenetics
Jeffrey M. Perkel | Sep 30, 2016
A molecular biologist ventures into entomology to use genetically modified ants as laboratory models of behavioral epigenetics.
Methylation’s Role in Eusocial Insect Behavior Questioned
Methylation’s Role in Eusocial Insect Behavior Questioned
Catherine Offord | Jan 21, 2016
Researchers re-examine the evidence for DNA methylation as the cause of behavioral differences among social insects.
Slippery When Wet
Slippery When Wet
Jenny Rood | Jan 14, 2015
Carnivorous pitcher plants gobble more ants by turning off their traps in dry weather.
The Genetics of Society
The Genetics of Society
Claire Asher and Seirian Sumner | Dec 31, 2014
Researchers aim to unravel the molecular mechanisms by which a single genotype gives rise to diverse castes in eusocial organisms.
Connecting the Dots
Connecting the Dots
Anna Azvolinsky | Jul 31, 2014
Extending her initial studies of social wasps, Mary Jane West-Eberhard has spent her career probing the evolutionary relationship between social behavior and developmental flexibility.
Genome Digest
Genome Digest
Abby Olena | Feb 6, 2014
What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes