Opinion: Not All Genetic Databases Are Equal
Sorting out which data sets are clinical-grade is key to helping patients.
Engineered circuits detect endogenous transcription factors to drive cellular outputs.
Cells Follow Stiffness Gradients by Playing Tug-of-War
Cells with the best traction on a substrate pull their neighbors toward firmer ground.
Distantly Related Conifers Share a Surprising Number of Cold-Tolerance Genes
Spruce and pine and have relied on similar genetic toolkits for climate adaptation despite millions of years of evolution.
Studies Conflict on Spores’ Need for Protein Synthesis
Different assays lead to opposing conclusions on bacterial spores’ requirements during germination.
Applying physics, chemistry, and cell biology, Satyajit Mayor seeks to understand how cell membranes work.
Vlad Denic on Exploring New Fields and Failing Successfully
The Harvard professor is pursuing fundamental questions about autophagy, protein homeostasis, and other cellular processes, and he’s always on the lookout for his next new topic.