Rapid Evolution

May 2017

Cover Story

Featured Stories

Departments

Contributors

Contributors

Meet some of the people featured in the May 2017 issue of The Scientist.

Editorial

Speaking of Science

Notebook

Computers That Can Smell

Teams of modelers compete to develop algorithms for estimating how people will perceive a particular odor from its molecular characteristics.

Critic at Large

Opinion: Birds of a Feather?

Taking into account the interaction of nuclear and mitochondrial genes in birds holds the promise of more objectively defining what constitutes a species.

Modus Operandi

The Literature

Rare T Cells Fight Cancer

A new approach to immunotherapy finds that the immune-cell clonotypes that come to the rescue start out at very low frequencies.

Profile

Glia Guru

Ben Barres recast glial cells from supporting actors to star performers, crucial for synaptic plasticity in the brain and for preventing neurodegenerative disorders.

Scientist to Watch

Lab Tools

Careers

Reading Frames

Foundations