A Virus that Generates Electricity 
Andrew Chapman | Nov 17, 2023 | 3 min read
Melting a bacteriophage’s coat of proteins turns it into a tiny power plant, which could fire up the discovery of new bioengineered devices.
3D structural model of a Cas protein and sgRNA targeting and unwinding DNA for gene editing.
CRISPR Gene Editing: Cas9 and Beyond
Johanna Pruller, PhD and Deanna MacNeil, PhD | 7 min read
Researchers create and improve CRISPR-Cas mediated gene editing technologies based on prokaryotic CRISPR systems and eukaryotic DNA repair mechanisms.
A field of yellow sunflowers in front of a blue sky.
Chasing the Sun
Aparna Nathan, PhD | Nov 14, 2023 | 3 min read
Sunflowers may use a complex set of molecules to track the sun in the sky.
A triangular sign affixed to a tree displaying the silhouette of a tick.
Newly Developed mRNA Vaccine Protects Against Lyme Disease
Charlene Lancaster, PhD | Nov 13, 2023 | 5 min read
Leveraging the same mRNA platform used for covid vaccines, researchers generated a vaccine that prevents mice from acquiring Lyme disease.
The Art and Science of Synthetic Biology 
The Scientist’s Creative Services Team | 2 min read
Researchers get creative using bacterial bits and pieces to produce synthetic cells for studying cancer.
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A Double Lock Gates Calcium Signaling
Danielle Gerhard, PhD | Nov 13, 2023 | 6 min read
Recent studies settle a debate over how the second messenger NAADP, with no known binding site, evokes calcium release from ion channels. 
A vial labeled “mRNA vaccine” and a syringe on a blue background.
An Updated Approach to mRNA Vaccine Quality Assessment
Deanna MacNeil, PhD | Nov 13, 2023 | 3 min read
Researchers developed and validated a sequencing method for mRNA vaccines, moving the manufacturing field forward by linking established technologies with translational applications.
Abstract conceptual image of white and blue culture cells on blue background.
A Sticky Situation: Optimizing Cell Culture with Essential Extracellular Matrix Proteins
The Scientist’s Creative Services Team and MilliporeSigma | 3 min read
Pre-mixed attachment factors provide a robust solution to streamlining cell culture workflows.
A microRNA Family Drives the T Cell Response in Cancer
Niki Spahich, PhD | Nov 11, 2023 | 4 min read
When their in vitro and in vivo results conflicted, researchers took a deep dive into microRNAs’ influence on T cell memory formation.
The Brain's Barrier Controls Ant Behavior
Holly Barker, PhD | Nov 8, 2023 | 2 min read
Division of labor in ant colonies may depend on an enzyme trapped inside the blood-brain barrier.
A microscopy image of intestinal crypts in human tissue.
Trust Your Gut: Screening Drugs Using Novel Intestinal Models
The Scientist’s Creative Services Team and Altis Biosystems | 4 min read
Discover how cutting-edge nonclinical in vitro models better recapitulate the human gastrointestinal tract.
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A New Drug Fixes a Leak Caused by Bacteria
Kamal Nahas, PhD | Nov 8, 2023 | 5 min read
Researchers discovered how virulent bacterial proteins leech nutrients from plant cells, leading to a potential treatment for diseased crops.
A blue gloved hand holding a long, brown cotton swab with a dirty tip. 
A Menagerie on a Leaf
Rachael Moeller Gorman | Nov 6, 2023 | 4 min read
A simple rainforest leaf swab revealed DNA from dozens of animal species, possibly improving biodiversity monitoring in the future.
Aging and Cancer
Aging and Cancer
Rebecca Roberts, PhD | 6 min read
The relationship between aging and cancer is complex, with several shared underlying mechanisms.