Marine Maladies

July 2016

Featured Stories

Changing Oceans Breed Disease
Changing Oceans Breed Disease

In the planet’s warming and acidifying oceans, species from corals to lobsters and fish are succumbing to pathogenic infection.

What Causes Type 2 Diabetes?
What Causes Type 2 Diabetes?

Insulin resistance and high levels of insulin and lipids all precede the development of metabolic dysfunction. Which metabolic factor is to blame?

Immune Cell–Stem Cell Cooperation
Immune Cell–Stem Cell Cooperation

Understanding interactions between the immune system and stem cells could pave the way for successful stem cell–based regenerative therapies.




Meet some of the people featured in the July 2016 issue of The Scientist.


Speaking of Science

Freeze Frame


Submerged Pigs Inform Forensics

Watching the decomposition of pig carcasses anchored to the seafloor is helping forensic researchers understand what to expect of human remains dumped in the ocean.

Is Bilingualism Good for Kids?

New research suggests that raising kids in a dual-language environment might be better for their verbal development than previously realized.  

Modus Operandi

The Literature

A New Role for Marine Archaea

Researchers discover acetogenesis in archaea, suggesting an important role for these little-studied organisms in generating organic carbon below the seafloor.


Peter Tyack: Marine Mammal Communications

The University of St. Andrews behavioral ecologist studies the social structures and behaviors of whales and dolphins, recording and analyzing their acoustic communications.

Scientist to Watch

Tessa Hill Wants to Save the Bivalves

The UC Davis oceanographer reconstructs ancient climate and studies the present impacts of global warming in an attempt to stave off environmental damage.

Lab Tools


Learning Bioinformatics

In today’s data-heavy research environment, wet-lab scientists can benefit from new computational skills.

Reading Frames

Capsule Reviews

Hot Off the Presses

The Scientist reviews Serendipity, Complexity, The Human Superorgasism, and Love and Ruin