stem cells, evolution, ecology
Reassessing One Really Old Fish
Reassessing One Really Old Fish
Jenny Rood | Jan 13, 2015
New analysis of an ancient specimen prompts a rethink of fish forebears.
The Benefits of Being a “Bearded Lady”
The Benefits of Being a “Bearded Lady”
Bob Grant | Jan 8, 2015
A study of female eastern fence lizards that bear a distinctly male trait yields tantalizing clues about the tradeoffs involved in blurring the lines of sexual dimorphism.
Stem Cell Divisions Help Explain Cancer Risk
Stem Cell Divisions Help Explain Cancer Risk
Anna Azvolinsky | Jan 1, 2015
An analysis of 31 tissues finds that random mutations acquired during stem cell divisions correlate with lifetime cancer risk.  
Taming Bushmeat
Taming Bushmeat
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jan 1, 2015
Chinese farmers’ efforts at rearing wild animals may benefit conservation and reduce human health risks.
Why, Oh Y?
Why, Oh Y?
Jef Akst | Jan 1, 2015
A toothpick and a bit of chance shaped David Page’s career, which he has dedicated to understanding the mammalian Y chromosome and fetal germ cell development.
Performance Art
Performance Art
Mary Beth Aberlin | Jan 1, 2015
Regulation of genome expression orchestrates the behavior of insect castes and the human response to social stress.
Contributors
Contributors
Molly Sharlach | Jan 1, 2015
Meet some of the people featured in the January 2015 issue of The Scientist.
The Genetics of Society
The Genetics of Society
Claire Asher and Seirian Sumner | Jan 1, 2015
Researchers aim to unravel the molecular mechanisms by which a single genotype gives rise to diverse castes in eusocial organisms.
Unraveling H7N9’s History
Unraveling H7N9’s History
Kate Yandell | Dec 30, 2014
An analysis of stored samples shows that H7N9 precursor H9N2, a virus widespread in chickens, has shown increased fitness in recent years.
Toward Lab-Grown Gametes
Toward Lab-Grown Gametes
Tracy Vence | Dec 30, 2014
From stem cells, scientists generate early egg- and sperm-like cells in vitro.