technology, evolution, immunology
Circulating Mitochondrial DNA Alerts Immune System to Danger
Circulating Mitochondrial DNA Alerts Immune System to Danger
Katarina Zimmer | Mar 1, 2018
In response to short DNA fragments, lymphocytes release mitochondrial DNA that helps trigger an immune response.
Eat Yourself to Live: Autophagy’s Role in Health and Disease
Eat Yourself to Live: Autophagy’s Role in Health and Disease
Vikramjit Lahiri and Daniel J. Klionsky | Mar 1, 2018
New details of the molecular process by which our cells consume themselves point to therapeutic potential.
Paleoproteomics Opens a Window into the Past
Paleoproteomics Opens a Window into the Past
Catherine Offord | Mar 1, 2018
Researchers are looking to proteins to explore the biology of ancient organisms, from medieval humans all the way back to dinosaurs.
Image of the Day: Size Matters
Image of the Day: Size Matters
The Scientist Staff | Feb 23, 2018
The male proboscis monkey’s large nose probably evolved in response to female preference and competition between males.
Bats May Have Taken on Viruses To Stay in Flight
Bats May Have Taken on Viruses To Stay in Flight
Ashley Yeager | Feb 23, 2018
Dampening the immune response to stay up in the air may have helped bats become tolerant to viral infections.
Strong Tides May Have Driven Ancient Fish to Dry Land
Strong Tides May Have Driven Ancient Fish to Dry Land
Jim Daley | Feb 15, 2018
A closer moon and ideal coastal conditions for tide pool formation may have started the evolutionary transition of tetrapods.
Stem Cell Vaccine Protects Mice From Cancer
Stem Cell Vaccine Protects Mice From Cancer
Ruth Williams | Feb 15, 2018
Stem cells and cancer cells have enough molecular similarities that the former can be used to trigger immunity against the latter.
Amazonian Fish Genome Challenges Long-Held Assumptions About Asexual Reproduction
Amazonian Fish Genome Challenges Long-Held Assumptions About Asexual Reproduction
Jim Daley | Feb 15, 2018
Poecilia formosa, an all-female fish species, has a surprisingly robust genome. 
Blind Cavefish in Mexico Offer Clues to Sleep Regulation
Blind Cavefish in Mexico Offer Clues to Sleep Regulation
Catherine Offord | Feb 7, 2018
Two studies identify a signaling pathway that contributes to the fish’s sleeplessness.
Researchers Develop Potential Blood Test for Alzheimer’s Disease
Researchers Develop Potential Blood Test for Alzheimer’s Disease
Catherine Offord | Feb 2, 2018
The test uses levels of plasma amyloid-β to estimate the buildup of protein plaques in the brain.