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Cells Follow Stiffness Gradients by Playing Tug-of-War

By Ben Andrew Henry | December 1, 2016

Cells with the best traction on a substrate pull their neighbors toward firmer ground.

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Doors and Pores

By Mary Beth Aberlin | December 1, 2016

The awesome architecture of the gateways to the nucleus

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In 1992, advancements in microscopy zoomed in on the precise architecture of the complex, including unforeseen structural repetition in two halves of the ring.

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Pushing Boundaries

By Anna Azvolinsky | December 1, 2016

Applying physics, chemistry, and cell biology, Satyajit Mayor seeks to understand how cell membranes work.

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Video: Cells, Skin Deep

By The Scientist Staff | December 1, 2016

Profilee Satyajit Mayor discusses his explorations of cell membranes, which are helping to update the classical fluid mosaic model of dynamic cellular boundaries.

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Vlad Denic on Exploring New Fields and Failing Successfully

By Ben Andrew Henry | December 1, 2016

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.

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Infographic: How to Build a Synthetic Sensor

By Ruth Williams | December 1, 2016

Scientists designed a genetic sensor-and-readout system, based on detecting a transcription factor, that performs a custom cellular activity.

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image: Nuclear Pores Come into Sharper Focus

Nuclear Pores Come into Sharper Focus

By Daniel H. Lin and André Hoelz | December 1, 2016

Solving a long-standing structural puzzle will open the door to understanding one of the cell’s most enigmatic machines.

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Top 10 Innovations 2016

By The Scientist Staff | December 1, 2016

This year’s list of winners celebrates both large leaps and small (but important) steps in life science technology.

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image: Next Generation: Super-Fast Tracking of Single Molecules

Next Generation: Super-Fast Tracking of Single Molecules

By Ruth Williams | November 23, 2016

A clever twist on a super-resolution microscopy technique improves the temporal resolution of single-molecule tracking. 

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