synthetic biology, developmental biology, ecology
Infographic: How Embryos Take Control of Their Own Development
Infographic: How Embryos Take Control of Their Own Development
Jef Akst | Nov 30, 2017
The switch from maternal factors involves dynamic reprogramming of the zygotic genome.
Six-Letter DNA Alphabet Produces Proteins in Cells
Six-Letter DNA Alphabet Produces Proteins in Cells
Ruth Williams | Nov 29, 2017
Transcription and translation of DNA containing synthetic base pairs becomes a reality in living cells.
Image of the Day: Skate Youngsters 
Image of the Day: Skate Youngsters 
The Scientist Staff | Nov 28, 2017
Scientists study the development of scales in skate embryos. 
Researchers Build a Cancer Immunotherapy Without Immune Cells
Researchers Build a Cancer Immunotherapy Without Immune Cells
Abby Olena | Nov 13, 2017
A team has engineered two stem cell lines into “synthetic T cells” that destroy breast cancer cells in vitro. 
Image of the Day: Tadpole Prism
Image of the Day: Tadpole Prism
The Scientist Staff | Nov 3, 2017
Scientists are making use of Xenopus tadpoles to study autism risk genes. 
Tracking Invasive Fire Ants in Asia
Tracking Invasive Fire Ants in Asia
Steve Graff | Nov 1, 2017
These insect transplants have the potential to wreak economic havoc by outcompeting native insects and destroying crops.
Germany Sees Drastic Decrease in Insects
Germany Sees Drastic Decrease in Insects
Anna Azvolinsky | Oct 18, 2017
A 27-year-long study finds insect biomass has declined by about 75 percent. 
US Navy Dolphins to Capture Vaquitas to Save Them from Extinction
US Navy Dolphins to Capture Vaquitas to Save Them from Extinction
Kerry Grens | Oct 6, 2017
The dolphins and their trainers will search for the endangered porpoises and enclose them in a protected pen.
How Animals and Plants Weather Hurricanes
How Animals and Plants Weather Hurricanes
Ashley Yeager | Oct 6, 2017
Studies suggest not all critters fare well in extreme weather, though some thrive.
Image of the Day: Fragile Brain
Image of the Day: Fragile Brain
The Scientist Staff | Oct 3, 2017
In Fragile X syndrome—a genetic mishap that results in cognitive delays—the lack of a translation-repressing protein leads to the rampant accumulation of other proteins in the mouse brain.