Emily Singer

Former Senior Writer

A rare brain stimulation study suggests that a brain circuit known as the “salience network” contributes to differences in our ability to overcome challenges and cope with stress.
neuroscience

Inside a Brain Circuit, the Will to Press On

A rare brain stimulation study suggests that a brain circuit known as the “salience network” contributes to differences in our ability to overcome challenges and cope with stress.

Analyzing individual cancer cells could reveal the answer to some of the disease’s most enduring mysteries.
genetics

Tracking the Evolution of Cancer, Cell by Cell

Analyzing individual cancer cells could reveal the answer to some of the disease’s most enduring mysteries.

Neuroscientists have identified a network of highly linked brain regions that could prove essential in integrating information and facilitating higher-order cognitive tasks.
neuroscience

In Brain’s ‘Rich Club,’ Meetings of the Mind

Neuroscientists have identified a network of highly linked brain regions that could prove essential in integrating information and facilitating higher-order cognitive tasks.

New technologies have launched the life sciences into the age of big data. Biologists must now make sense of their windfall.
Data Driven: The New Big Science

Our Bodies, Our Data

New technologies have launched the life sciences into the age of big data. Biologists must now make sense of their windfall.

Machine learning techniques are helping scientists pinpoint the mutations that allow bird and pig viruses to infect humans.
machine learning

Decoding Flu Viruses Before an Outbreak

Machine learning techniques are helping scientists pinpoint the mutations that allow bird and pig viruses to infect humans.

In the complex architecture that ferries fluids in plants and brains, scientists are finding a model of resilience.
networks

Nature’s Loopy Architecture

In the complex architecture that ferries fluids in plants and brains, scientists are finding a model of resilience.  

Population expansion may be a major driver in the evolution of cooperation, with implications for new antibiotics, cancer treatments and perhaps even human behavior.
evolution

On Microbial Frontier, Cooperation Thrives

Population expansion may be a major driver in the evolution of cooperation, with implications for new antibiotics, cancer treatments and perhaps even human behavior.

Symbiotic bacteria that dwell within insect cells are intricately intertwined with their hosts, prompting scientists to question when these bacteria stop being bona fide organisms and become part of the cell.
genetics

Tiny Genomes and the Origin of Complex Cells

Symbiotic bacteria that dwell within insect cells are intricately intertwined with their hosts, prompting scientists to question when these bacteria stop being bona fide organisms and become part of the cell.

More genetic data is available than ever before to help build evolutionary trees, but scientists are finding that different genes even in the same organism can tell conflicting stories.
genetics

A New Approach to Building the Tree of Life

More genetic data is available than ever before to help build evolutionary trees, but scientists are finding that different genes even in the same organism can tell conflicting stories.