transcription factors, evolution, microbiology
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.
Bacteriophages Plentiful in Women’s Bladders
Bacteriophages Plentiful in Women’s Bladders
Abby Olena | Feb 2, 2018
In one of the first looks at the urinary virome, researchers find hundreds of viruses, most of which have never been sequenced before. 
Anjali Iyer-Pascuzzi Investigates How Pathogens Invade Plant Roots
Anjali Iyer-Pascuzzi Investigates How Pathogens Invade Plant Roots
Shawna Williams | Feb 1, 2018
The Purdue University researcher is one of the first to examine the molecular processes that underlie infection by soil microbes.
Graduate Student Identifies Dozens of New Fly Species
Graduate Student Identifies Dozens of New Fly Species
Jef Akst | Feb 1, 2018
Over the past seven years, Xiao-Long Lin has characterized nearly 70 new species of nonbiting midges and developed DNA barcodes to aid in future ecological surveys.
Researchers Catalog Earth’s Microbiome
Researchers Catalog Earth’s Microbiome
Katarina Zimmer | Feb 1, 2018
The new database includes data from 27,000 samples collected at sites ranging from Alaskan permafrost to the ocean floor.
An Enduring Partnership
An Enduring Partnership
Bob Grant | Feb 1, 2018
Humanity would be nothing without plants. It’s high time we recognize their crucial role in sustaining life on Earth.
Infographic: Plants’ Microbial Communities
Infographic: Plants’ Microbial Communities
Davide Bulgarelli | Jan 31, 2018
Like animals, plants host communities of microbes that influence a wide variety of their biological processes.
Researchers Discover 10 New Immune Systems in Bacteria
Researchers Discover 10 New Immune Systems in Bacteria
Jim Daley | Jan 25, 2018
The findings more than double the number of known defense mechanisms, piquing the interests of molecular biology tool developers.
Image of the Day: Ectopic Wings
Image of the Day: Ectopic Wings
The Scientist Staff | Jan 24, 2018
Insect wings may have evolved from multiple origins, say researchers.
How Gaining and Losing Weight Affects the Body
How Gaining and Losing Weight Affects the Body
Abby Olena | Jan 17, 2018
Millions of measurements from 23 people who consumed extra calories every day for a month reveal changes in proteins, metabolites, and gut microbiota that accompany shifts in body mass.