COVID-19's Origins Need Further Investigation, Say Scientists
A letter signed by 18 researchers argues that hypotheses about zoonotic spillover or accidental lab release both "remain viable" in the absence of additional evidence. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 14, 2021 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Mammals Can Use Their Intestines to Breathe
Researchers show that both mice and pigs are capable of oxygenating their blood via the colon--a capacity that, if shared by humans, could be leveraged in the clinic to minimize the need for... (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 14, 2021 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Comprehensive Atlas of Reef-Building Coral's Cells Created
Single-cell RNA sequencing helps to catalog the dozens of cell types present in a stony coral, including its elusive immune cells. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 13, 2021 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Long-Delayed EPA Report Details Dire Nature of Climate Disaster
The Climate Change Indicators site was not updated during Donald Trump's presidency. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 13, 2021 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

When Severed, This Solitary Tunicate Regrows as Three New Animals
While regeneration has long been the domain of colonial tunicates, a solitary species of sea squirt was able to regenerate into multiple, fully functional individuals within a month of being cut up. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 13, 2021 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

A Better Hydrogel for 3D Cell Culture
Drug screening in 3D cell cultures is possible with the right tools. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 13, 2021 Category: Science Tags: Research Products Blog Source Type: news

Cancer Cells Parasitize Other Ones to Survive: Study
Tumor cells missing a critical protein enter neighboring cells to sap their nutrients, then exit those hosts as intact cells, possibly primed to metastasize. Other scholars say it's too early to know... (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 13, 2021 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Brain-Computer Interface User Types 90 Characters Per Minute with Mind
The experimental system, developed and tested in just one patient so far, relies on brain signals associated with handwriting to achieve the fastest communication yet seen with BCI. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 13, 2021 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

T Cell-Boosting Zika Vaccine Protects Mice from the Virus
By avoiding the production of antibodies, something vaccines ordinarily induce, the immunization sidesteps the problem of antibody-dependent enhancement, which can amplify infection by a similar... (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 12, 2021 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

While Some Sharks Flee, Tiger Sharks Brave Stormy Seas
For the first time, scientists tracked large shark movements during hurricanes and found that tiger sharks may find the turmoil opportunistic for feeding. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 12, 2021 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Gene Therapy Continues to Benefit Kids with Immunodeficiency
Four dozen children with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) who received a corrective gene carried by a virus have working immune systems two to three years later, according to three independent... (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 12, 2021 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

A Multipurpose Gene Facilitates the Evolution of an Animal Weapon
A single gene called BMP11 regulates not only the size and proportions of a water strider's massively long third legs, but also how it uses the limbs in fights. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 11, 2021 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Rare Fungal Infection Affecting COVID-19 Patients in India
Doctors are reporting an uptick in cases of a highly lethal condition called mucormycosis that might be linked to steroid treatments for SARS-CoV-2. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 11, 2021 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Transforming Virology Research with Cryo-EM
Explore what researchers can do with Cryo-EM (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 11, 2021 Category: Science Tags: Sponsored eBooks Source Type: news

Overcoming Challenges in Cell-Based Research
Lessons learned from rare diseases (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 11, 2021 Category: Science Tags: The Marketplace Source Type: news

Identifying Antibodies that Target Membrane Proteins in Their Native Conformations
A new mammalian display platform enhances antibody discovery for challenging protein targets. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 10, 2021 Category: Science Tags: Research Products Blog Source Type: news

Bio-Rad Launches Its Reliance SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR Assay Kit in Europe
Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: BIO and BIOb), a global leader of life science research and clinical diagnostic products, today announced the launch of the Reliance SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR Kit (IVD) for... (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 10, 2021 Category: Science Tags: The Scientist The Marketplace Source Type: news

White House Assembles Task Force to Sever Politics from Science
The 46-person panel will identify instances when politics got in the way of science since 2009. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 10, 2021 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Dinoflagellate Genome Structure Unlike Any Other Known
The transcription of DNA drives the remarkably tidy organization of chromosomes in the dinoflagellate Symbiodinium microadriaticum. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 10, 2021 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Biden Administration Backs Vaccine Intellectual Property Waiver
The move, which is not supported by the pharmaceutical industry, would allow other countries to design and manufacture COVID-19 vaccines without fear of litigation. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 10, 2021 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

MDAR Framework Aims to Standardize Reporting in Life Sciences
Malcolm Macleod, who helped develop these best practices, tells The Scientist how the new guidelines for manuscript publishing seek to support a push for transparent and thorough sharing of methods... (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 7, 2021 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Incest Isn't Taboo in Nature: Study
Avoiding inbreeding appears to be the exception rather than the norm for animals, according to a new meta-analysis of experimental studies. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 7, 2021 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

COVID-19 mRNA Vaccines Appear Effective Against Multiple Variants
Data from three studies indicate that fully vaccinated patients are able to stave off severe disease from the B.1.1.7, B.1.351, and P.1 variants. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 6, 2021 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Blood Biomarkers Predict the Onset of Labor: Study
Researchers integrated information from 45 protein, metabolite, and immune data points to identify a window two to four weeks before a pregnant person will go into labor. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 6, 2021 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Coupling Machine Learning and Flow Cytometry
Machine learning unleashes the untapped potential of modern flow cytometry (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 6, 2021 Category: Science Tags: The Marketplace Source Type: news

Whole-Genome Data Point to Four Species of Giraffe
The genome sequences of 51 giraffes from all over Africa contribute to the latest attempt in an ongoing pursuit to pin down a species number. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 6, 2021 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

June 11, 2021 - Technique Talk: Optimizing PCR Quality and Yield
In this workshop, explore the importance of sample quality and polymerase selection for PCR quality and yield. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 6, 2021 Category: Science Tags: Sponsored Webinars Source Type: news

Picozoans Are Algae After All: Study
Phylogenomics data place the enigmatic plankton in the middle of the algal family tree, despite their apparent lack of plastids —an organelle characteristic of all other algae. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 6, 2021 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

USDA Only Carries Out Partial Inspections of Some Animal Labs
The agency moved to scale back its monitoring in 2019 in a way that experts in animal welfare law say was secretive, Science reveals. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 5, 2021 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Diabetes Testing Pioneer Helen Free Dies at 98
Free's dip-and-read urinalysis allowed diabetics to monitor glucose levels at home, rather than at a hospital. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 5, 2021 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Technique Talk: High-Throughput Drug Screening Using 3D Cell Culture
In this workshop, learn how to use hydrogel 3D cell culture plates for streamlined 3D cell culture colony formation, imaging, metabolic read-out, and T cell-mediated tumor cell killing. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 5, 2021 Category: Science Tags: Sponsored Webinars The Scientist University Source Type: news

Discovering the Secrets of Motor Neurons with Single Cell Sequencing
Researchers identify new motor neuron subgroups and gain insights into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 5, 2021 Category: Science Tags: Podcasts Source Type: news

LabTalk Podcast - Discovering the Secrets of Motor Neurons with Single Cell Sequencing
(Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 5, 2021 Category: Science Source Type: news

First US Field Test of GM Mosquitoes Begins in Florida
After years of push back, the first batch of Oxitec's engineered mosquitoes, designed to reduce population numbers, have been released in the Keys. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 4, 2021 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Brain's Lymphatic System Tied to Alzheimer's Symptoms in Mice
A dysfunctional lymphatic system, described as a clogging of the brain's sink, may explain why immunotherapies fail in some Alzheimer's patients. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 4, 2021 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

What Scientists Know About the B.1.617 Coronavirus Variant
While some experts speculate the variant could be partially responsible for India's current surge in SARS-CoV-2 infections, information about the effects of its mutations is only beginning to emerge. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 4, 2021 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Generating Ultrapure Water
High-quality water produces optimal results for a variety of laboratory applications. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 3, 2021 Category: Science Tags: The Marketplace Source Type: news

Book Excerpt from Finding the Mother Tree
In the book's introduction, "Connections," Suzanne Simard relates how her "perception of the woods has been turned upside down." (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 1, 2021 Category: Science Tags: Reading Frames Source Type: news

Sewage Sampling Robots Speed SARS-CoV-2 Detection
An automated wastewater monitoring technique could enable researchers to predict outbreaks of the virus up to a week in advance. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 1, 2021 Category: Science Tags: Modus Operandi Magazine Issue Source Type: news

Amanda Tokash-Peters Links the Microbiome to Ecology
The Centenary University professor studies the far-reaching effects of changes in the gut bacteria of mosquitos and other species. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 1, 2021 Category: Science Tags: Scientist to Watch Magazine Issue Source Type: news

Can Single Cells Learn?
A controversial idea from the mid-20th century is attracting renewed attention from researchers developing theories for how cognition arises with or without a brain. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 1, 2021 Category: Science Tags: Features Magazine Issue Source Type: news

May 2021 Interactive Crossword
Try your hand at a sciency brainteaser. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 1, 2021 Category: Science Tags: Multimedia Source Type: news

Infographic: How to Ferret Out SARS-CoV-2 in Sewage
Researchers use magnetic nanoparticles and liquid-handling robots in an effort to detect COVID-19 outbreaks early. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 1, 2021 Category: Science Tags: Infographics Magazine Issue Source Type: news

Ten Minute Sabbatical
Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 1, 2021 Category: Science Tags: Speaking of Science Magazine Issue Source Type: news

Opinion: Western Canada Must Stop Clearcutting Its "Mother" Trees
Feeding the world's insatiable appetite for wood products is sacrificing the future of a crucial ecosystem. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 1, 2021 Category: Science Tags: Reading Frames Magazine Issue Source Type: news

Sponge Names for Sale, Proceeds to go to Conservation Efforts
A tidy-up of a New Zealand storage room led to the sale of naming rights for three new-to-science Gal ápagos Islands species. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 1, 2021 Category: Science Tags: Notebook Magazine Issue Source Type: news

When Pursuing Prey, Bats Tune Out the World
As they close in for the kill, the flying mammals use quieter echolocation to focus on the chase. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 1, 2021 Category: Science Tags: The Literature Magazine Issue Source Type: news

Pain Researcher Quits Academia, Takes Lab Home with Him
After resigning from the University of New England last year, Geoffrey Bove continues to study the effects of massage on rats in a facility he set up in his house. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 1, 2021 Category: Science Tags: Notebook Magazine Issue Source Type: news

Infographic: Animals of Different Species Hybridize
The offspring of crosses between related species can sometimes fill a new environmental niche, and such hybridizations may even lead to speciation. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 1, 2021 Category: Science Tags: Infographics Magazine Issue Source Type: news

Depoliticizing Science
Politicians should of course consider and respect the latest research findings in crafting policy, but elected officials should honor the scientific method by letting its practitioners hash out the... (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 1, 2021 Category: Science Tags: Editorial Magazine Issue Source Type: news