In the May 27 SN: Genetic intruders, seeing Chaco in a new light, an artificial womb, Mars’ origin revisited, domestication of the horse, glimpsing Earth’s glacial past, what’s in a fang blenny’s bite and more.
ON THE MOVE Researchers used genetic information from Zika virus (illustrated) to follow its spread among affected regions in South and Central America and the Caribbean.
HACK THE ATTACK A malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum is expert at invading red blood cells (shown in this colored TEM image). But a hybrid protein that spans the red blood cell membrane can thwart an attack, a new study found.
Dennis Kunkel Microscopy/Science Source
THE DIFFERENCE Humans and chimpanzees are easy to tell apart, even though they share a primate ancestor. Jumping genes helped sculpt their distinctions.