viruses, developmental biology, evolution, neuroscience
Animal Mind Control
Jef Akst | Jan 1, 2012
Examples of parasites that manipulate the behavior of their hosts are not hard to come by, but scientists have only recently begun to understand how they induce such dramatic changes.
Resolving Chronic Pain
Claudia Sommer and Frank Birklein | Jan 1, 2012
The body’s own mechanism for dispersing the inflammatory reaction might lead to new treatments for chronic pain.
Capsule Reviews
Richard P. Grant | Jan 1, 2012
Our Dying Planet, Here Be Dragons, Rat Island, Harnessed
Lynne-Marie Postovit: Cancer Modeler
Sabrina Richards | Jan 1, 2012
Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of Western Ontario. Age: 34
Inflammation, Pain, and Resolvins
Inflammation, Pain, and Resolvins
Claudia Sommer and Frank Birklein | Jan 1, 2012
Not all inflammation leads to pain. Despite widespread infection followed by fever, colds rarely cause pain. But when some cytokines and certain immune cells are active near pain-sensing nerves, they trigger receptors that convey pain sensations to the brain.
Speaking of Science
The Scientist Staff | Jan 1, 2012
January 2012's selection of notable quotes
Anthropomorphism: A Peculiar Institution
Marlene Zuk | Jan 1, 2012
Should we rethink the parallel drawn between “slave-making” ants and human slavery, and other such oversimplifications of animal behavior?
Magnetic Swimmers Cultured
Tia Ghose | Dec 22, 2011
For the first time, researchers culture a bacteria that uses a magnetic sulfide compound to navigate.
Unsilencing a Gene
Tia Ghose | Dec 21, 2011
Scientists have found a way to reactivate a gene in mice that is silenced in a neurodevelopmental disorder called Angelman syndrome.
The Evolution of Drug Resistance
Ruth Williams | Dec 18, 2011
Researchers use whole-genome sequencing to keep tabs on the development of antibiotic resistance in bacteria.