Why do so many human eggs have the wrong number of chromosomes?
Coating hospital surfaces, surgical equipment, patient implants, and water-delivery systems with nanoscale patterns and particles could curb the rise of hospital-acquired infections.
Retractions are on the rise. But reams of flawed research papers persist in the scientific literature. Is it time to change the way papers are published?
Meet some of the people featured in the May 2016 issue of The Scientist.
Science is messy. So lay it out, warts and all.
May 2016's selection of notable quotes
A naturally occurring clay, used in traditional Native American medicine, shows promise as an antibiotic.
More than you think (or could make use of)
A spate of howler monkey deaths in Nicaragua, Panama, and Ecuador has researchers scrambling to identify the cause.
Scientists work to unlock the genetic secrets of a population of fruit flies kept in total darkness for more than six decades.
Scanning the mitochondrial genomes of thousands of species is beginning to shed light on why some genes were lost while others were retained.
As international collaboration becomes increasingly common, researchers must work to limit their own biases and let cultural diversity enhance their work.
A versatile modular strategy for detecting small molecules in eukaryotes
Researchers discover a completely novel mechanism of cell signaling involving soluble chemokines and their transmembrane equivalents.
A photosensitive protein behind the retinas of cockroaches plays a role in light-dependent, directional magnetosensitivity.
A recent exchange of papers is divided over the evidence for compensatory gene expression among wild strains of aneuploid yeast.
Elaine Fuchs has worked on adult stem cells since before they were so named, figuring out how multipotent epidermal cells renew or turn into skin or hair follicles.
Associate Professor, Departments of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and Biological Engineering, MIT. Age: 35
Techniques for deep dives into the microbial dark matter
Tips for tracing transcription in individual cells
Agencies and institutions strive to better prepare graduate students and postdocs for futures in academia and beyond.
The study of nonhuman intelligence is coming into its own as researchers realize the unique contexts in which distinct species learn and behave.
Sorting the Beef from the Bull, Cheats and Deceits, A Sea of Glass, and Following the Wild Bees
This year marks the centennial of Calvin Bridges’s description of nondisjunction as proof that chromosomes are vehicles for inheritance.