zoonotic diseases, evolution, immunology
Nailing Down HAR Function
Nailing Down HAR Function
Katherine S. Pollard | Jul 31, 2016
A remaining challenge in the study of human accelerated regions (HARs) is establishing their specific functions during development and other biological processes.
Man and Bird Chat While Honey Hunting
Man and Bird Chat While Honey Hunting
Bob Grant | Jul 25, 2016
A study suggests that humans and avians in sub-Saharan Africa communicate to find and mutually benefit from the sweet booty.
Primates, Gut Microbes Evolved Together
Primates, Gut Microbes Evolved Together
Anna Azvolinsky | Jul 21, 2016
Symbiotic gut bacteria evolved and diverged along with ape and human lineages, researchers find. 
Another Dinosaur with Short Arms Discovered
Another Dinosaur with Short Arms Discovered
Alison F. Takemura | Jul 14, 2016
Gualicho shinyae evolved small limbs independently of T. rex, researchers report.
Multicellular Cooperation Curbs Cheating
Multicellular Cooperation Curbs Cheating
Jenny Rood | Jul 1, 2016
An experimental evolution study shows that more cheaters arise when bread mold fungal cells are less related to one another.
Hot Off the Presses
Hot Off the Presses
Bob Grant | Jul 1, 2016
The Scientist reviews Serendipity, Complexity, The Human Superorgasism, and Love and Ruin
Immune Cell–Stem Cell Cooperation
Immune Cell–Stem Cell Cooperation
Sarthak Sinha, Jeff Biernaskie, Waleed Rahmani | Jul 1, 2016
Understanding interactions between the immune system and stem cells could pave the way for successful stem cell–based regenerative therapies.
Immune Cells' Roles in Tissue Maintenance and Repair
Immune Cells' Roles in Tissue Maintenance and Repair
Jeff Biernaskie, Sarthak Sinha, Waleed Rahmani | Jun 30, 2016
The cells of the mammalian immune system do more than just fight off pathogens; they are also important players in stem cell function and are thus crucial for maintaining homeostasis and recovering from injury.
Zika and Dengue Immunity: A Complex Relationship
Zika and Dengue Immunity: A Complex Relationship
Amanda B. Keener | Jun 28, 2016
Researchers examine the blood of people infected with dengue virus, finding a few Zika-neutralizing antibodies among mostly enhancing ones.
Source of Scales, Feathers, Hair
Source of Scales, Feathers, Hair
Tanya Lewis | Jun 27, 2016
Reptiles, birds, and mammals all produce tiny, bump-like structures during development.