zoonotic diseases, evolution, immunology
Week in Review: October 17–21
Week in Review: October 17–21
Jef Akst | Oct 21, 2016
Report finds that pathologist involved in anonymous defamation case committed multiple acts of misconduct; growing eggs from stem cells; neutrophils’ role in metastasis; convergent evolution in birds
Nixing NETs to Prevent Metastasis
Nixing NETs to Prevent Metastasis
Ruth Williams | Oct 19, 2016
Researchers discover that neutrophil extracellular traps help cancers spread, and design enzyme-loaded nanoparticles to destroy them.
Single-Celled Life Primed to Go Multicellular
Single-Celled Life Primed to Go Multicellular
Bob Grant | Oct 17, 2016
The unicellular ancestor of animals may have harbored some of the molecular tools that its many-celled descendants use to coordinate and direct cell differentiation and function, scientists show.
Who Is Immune to Zika?
Who Is Immune to Zika?
Amanda B. Keener | Oct 11, 2016
Researchers tap into ongoing dengue studies to improve antibody-based diagnostic tests for Zika and address unanswered questions about the emerging virus’s epidemiology.
To Attract Pollinators, Flower Mimics Wounded Bee
To Attract Pollinators, Flower Mimics Wounded Bee
Ben Andrew Henry | Oct 7, 2016
Umbrella flowers lure in flies by mimicking the alarm signals produced by the flies’ preferred prey.
Study: Enriched Housing Changes Murine T Cells
Study: Enriched Housing Changes Murine T Cells
Jef Akst | Oct 3, 2016
Mice that live in a more-stimulating environment for two weeks appear to develop a more-inflammatory immune state that might help protect the animals against infection. 
Saving Jon
Saving Jon
The Scientist Staff | Sep 30, 2016
Meet the researcher/entrepreneur who started a nonprofit that seeks to solve the science behind a rare disease that threatens the life of her younger brother.
How Plants Evolved Different Ways to Make Caffeine
How Plants Evolved Different Ways to Make Caffeine
Ruth Williams | Sep 20, 2016
Caffeine-producing plants use three different biochemical pathways and two different enzyme families to make the same molecule.
Further Support for Early-Life Allergen Exposure
Further Support for Early-Life Allergen Exposure
Jef Akst | Sep 20, 2016
Egg and peanut consumption during infancy is linked to lower risk of allergy to those foods later in life, according to a meta-analysis.
Stingrays Chew Too
Stingrays Chew Too
Ben Andrew Henry | Sep 15, 2016
Researchers observe stingrays moving their jaws to grind up prey, a behavior thought to be restricted to mammals.