Plant Science to the Rescue

February 2018

Featured Stories

Next-Generation Exoskeletons Help Patients Move
Next-Generation Exoskeletons Help Patients Move

A robot’s gentle nudge could add just the right amount of force to improve walking for patients with mobility-impairing ailments such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and stroke.  




Meet some of the people featured in the February 2018 issue of The Scientist.


An Enduring Partnership

Humanity would be nothing without plants. It’s high time we recognize their crucial role in sustaining life on Earth.

Speaking of Science

Freeze Frame


Modus Operandi

Detecting Protein Clumps

A synthetic genetic tool called yTRAP allows high-throughput detection of protein aggregates in cells.  

The Literature


Scientist to Watch

Lab Tools

Mapping Brain Proteins

Researchers are using souped-up mass spectrometry to localize proteins within brain cells.


Reading Frames


A Brush with Inheritance, 1878

Lampbrush chromosomes, first observed in the 19th century, still offer an unparalleled glimpse into how genetic information is organized in the cell.