Meiosis Mishaps

May 2016

Cover Story

Featured Stories

Nanoscale Defenses
Nanoscale Defenses

Coating hospital surfaces, surgical equipment, patient implants, and water-delivery systems with nanoscale patterns and particles could curb the rise of hospital-acquired infections.

The Zombie Literature
The Zombie Literature

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.


Speaking of Science


Serious Putty

A naturally occurring clay, used in traditional Native American medicine, shows promise as an antibiotic.

Silent Canopies

A spate of howler monkey deaths in Nicaragua, Panama, and Ecuador has researchers scrambling to identify the cause.

Feeling Around in the Dark

Scientists work to unlock the genetic secrets of a population of fruit flies kept in total darkness for more than six decades.

Thought Experiment

The Shrinking Mitochondrion

Scanning the mitochondrial genomes of thousands of species is beginning to shed light on why some genes were lost while others were retained.

Critic at Large

The Global Science Era

As international collaboration becomes increasingly common, researchers must work to limit their own biases and let cultural diversity enhance their work.

Modus Operandi

Sensors for All

A versatile modular strategy for detecting small molecules in eukaryotes

The Literature

Kissing Cousins

Researchers discover a completely novel mechanism of cell signaling involving soluble chemokines and their transmembrane equivalents.

Animal Magnetism

A photosensitive protein behind the retinas of cockroaches plays a role in light-dependent, directional magnetosensitivity.

Aneuploid Responses

A recent exchange of papers is divided over the evidence for compensatory gene expression among wild strains of aneuploid yeast.


More Than Skin Deep

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.

Scientist to Watch

Timothy Lu: Niche Perfect

Associate Professor, Departments of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and Biological Engineering, MIT. Age: 35

Lab Tools


Making the Most of School

Agencies and institutions strive to better prepare graduate students and postdocs for futures in academia and beyond.

Reading Frames

To Each Animal Its Own Cognition

The study of nonhuman intelligence is coming into its own as researchers realize the unique contexts in which distinct species learn and behave.

Capsule Reviews

Capsule Reviews

Sorting the Beef from the Bull, Cheats and Deceits, A Sea of Glass, and Following the Wild Bees


Picturing Inheritance, 1916

This year marks the centennial of Calvin Bridges’s description of nondisjunction as proof that chromosomes are vehicles for inheritance.