Volume 559 Issue 7715


Pay people to fight malaria p.443

Workers on the front line of the battle against the disease are too often overlooked as scientists and funders plot how to defeat malaria.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-018-05799-2


News Features

News & Views

An early hominin arrival in Asia p.480

An excavation has uncovered stone tools in China that are about 2.1 million years old. This evidence pushes back the date of the earliest established signs of a hominin species outside Africa.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-018-05293-9

Quantum optics without photons p.481

Atoms can exhibit wave-like behaviour to form matter waves. Such waves have been used to model the basic processes that underpin how light interacts with matter, providing an experimental platform for future research.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-018-05738-1

Viruses cooperate to defeat bacteria p.482

It emerges that viruses called phages, which infect bacteria, can suppress the bacterial immune system during an initial wave of unsuccessful infection, enabling subsequent viral infection to succeed.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-018-05762-1

Histidine metabolism boosts cancer therapy p.484

Clinical use of the anticancer drug methotrexate can be limited by its high toxicity. It emerges that a diet rich in the amino acid histidine increases the effectiveness of methotrexate treatment and lowers toxicity in mice.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-018-05573-4

Ancient ice sheet had a growth spurt p.487

An analysis of ancient coral from the Great Barrier Reef reveals that global sea level fell rapidly at the end of the last glacial period. The findings suggest that ice sheets are more dynamic than was previously thought.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-018-05760-3