Volume 565 Issue 7741



News Features

News & Views

The first synthetic element p.570

When Mendeleev proposed his periodic table in 1869, element 43 was unknown. In 1937, it became the first element to be discovered by synthesis in a laboratory — paving the way to the atomic age.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-019-00236-4

A gut punch fights cancer and infection p.573

Microorganisms in the human gut can affect immune-system cells. Gut bacterial strains have been discovered that boost immune cells that have cell-killing capacity and that can target cancer and protect against infection.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-019-00133-w

Plants fight fungi using kiwellin proteins p.575

Fungal infection can affect crop yield. A plant protein found to counter fungal-induced interference with host metabolism illuminates antifungal defences and mechanisms that inhibit metabolic enzymes.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-019-00092-2