venom, cell & molecular biology, genetics & genomics, ecology
Seirian Sumner: Wasp Whisperer
Cristina Luiggi | Aug 1, 2011
Research Fellow, Institute of Zoology, London. Age: 37
From the Ground Up
From the Ground Up
Richard D. Bardgett | Aug 1, 2011
As the planet warms plant growth will likely increase—locking up some of that extra carbon dioxide by converting it into vegetative biomass—but that’s not the whole story. 
The Root of the Problem
Richard D. Bardgett | Aug 1, 2011
New research suggests that the flow of carbon through plants to underground ecosystems may be crucial to how the environment responds to climate change.
Harmful Bacterial Metabolites
Harmful Bacterial Metabolites
Michelle G. Rooks and Wendy S. Garrett | Aug 1, 2011
Gut bacteria that feed on healthy food appear to amplify the nutritional benefits of those foods. However, they also appear to amplify the undesirable effects of unhealthy food. 
It's a Cell-Eat-Cell World
Jef Akst | Aug 1, 2011
For more than 100 years, pathologists have observed cancer cells engulfing other live cells, but scientists are only now beginning to understand how it happens and what it means for tumorigenesis.
Seeing the Forest for the Trees
Mary Beth Aberlin | Aug 1, 2011
Getting the big picture means asking lots of little questions.
String Theory
Richard P. Grant | Aug 1, 2011
New types of biological filaments are turning up in yeast, fly, bacterial cells and in rat neurons, and they may yield clues to how the cytoskeleton evolved from metabolically active enzymes.
Plant Cells and Soap Bubbles
Richard P. Grant | Aug 1, 2011
Editor’s Choice in Plant Biology
Sharing the Bounty
Michelle G. Rooks and Wendy S. Garrett | Aug 1, 2011
Gut bacteria may be the missing piece that explains the connection between diet and cancer risk.
Contributors
The Scientist Staff | Aug 1, 2011
Meet some of the people featured in the August 2011 issue of The Scientist.