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Archaea Family Tree Blossoms, Thanks to Genomics

By Amber Dance | June 1, 2018

Identification of new archaea species elucidates the domain’s unique biology and sheds light on its relationship to eukaryotes.

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Image of the Day: Goo for Growing Organoids

By The Scientist Staff | October 24, 2017

Scientists engineered a synthetic, nutrient-rich gel that feeds growing organoids as they mature from human pluripotent stem cells into 3-D bowels.

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image: Papers Based on Misidentified Cell Lines Top 32,000

Papers Based on Misidentified Cell Lines Top 32,000

By Kerry Grens | October 16, 2017

An analysis of contaminated literature finds that tens of thousands of papers used cell lines of questionable origins—and these were in turn cited by hundreds of thousands of other papers.

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Ready, Set, Grow

By Amber Dance | September 1, 2017

How to culture stem cells without depending on mouse feeder cells

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Image of the Day: Plant Platforms

By The Scientist Staff | March 21, 2017

Stripping away everything except the cell walls from certain plants, scientists can create scaffolds for human cell cultures.

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Designing In Vitro Models of the Blood-Brain Barrier

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | September 1, 2016

Choosing the right model, be it 3-D or 2-D, requires wading through varied cell sources, cell types, and cell culture conditions.

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Most Gut Microbes Can Be Cultured

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | May 4, 2016

Contrary to the popular thought that many species are “unculturable,” the majority of bacteria known to populate the human gut can be grown in the lab, scientists show.

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Becoming Acculturated

By Jeffrey M. Perkel | May 1, 2016

Techniques for deep dives into the microbial dark matter

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Characterizing Sleep

By James M. Krueger and Sandip Roy | March 1, 2016

Sleep-like patterns of neural activity are apparent not just at the level of the whole brain, but also in isolated neural circuits.

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Sleep’s Kernel

By James M. Krueger and Sandip Roy | March 1, 2016

Surprisingly small sections of brain, and even neuronal and glial networks in a dish, display many electrical indicators of sleep.

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