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Building Cells from the Bottom Up
To understand the molecular blueprint for life, Cees Dekker is starting from scratch, building fully synthetic cells that are capable of cell division. 
Building Cells from the Bottom Up
Building Cells from the Bottom Up

To understand the molecular blueprint for life, Cees Dekker is starting from scratch, building fully synthetic cells that are capable of cell division. 

To understand the molecular blueprint for life, Cees Dekker is starting from scratch, building fully synthetic cells that are capable of cell division. 

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Infographic showing how the Europa Clipper will characterize many features of the icy moon orbiting Jupiter to determine whether or not it offers a good place to search for life.
Infographic: Exploring Habitability on Europa
Shelby Bradford, PhD | Jun 14, 2024 | 2 min read
Europa Clipper will characterize many features of the icy moon orbiting Jupiter to determine whether or not it offers a good place to search for life.
Rainbow colored DNA strand
Back to the Basics to Break Boundaries
Meenakshi Prabhune, PhD | Jun 14, 2024 | 2 min read
Armed with cutting-edge technologies, scientists find innovative ways to better use biological systems. 
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Meet the Team: Ashleigh Campsall
Danielle Gerhard, PhD | Jun 14, 2024 | 4 min read
A chance trip to a graphic design studio set Ashleigh Campsall on a path of putting the life in life science stories through art.
Microscopy image of green and red neurons in a blue section of cortex.
Engineered Rabies Virus Illuminates Neural Circuitry
Hannah Thomasy, PhD | Jun 14, 2024 | 10+ min read
Scientists turned a deadly virus into a crucial tool for understanding the wiring of the brain.
Molecule of DNA, double helix, 3D illustration
Enzymatic DNA Synthesis: Going to Great Lengths
Danielle Gerhard, PhD | Jun 14, 2024 | 10+ min read
When chemical approaches for synthesizing longer DNA oligonucleotides plateaued, scientists turned to a one-of-a-kind enzyme.
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Cell Centered
Stella Zawistowski | Jun 14, 2024 | 2 min read
Put on your thinking cap, and take on this fun challenge.
<em>T</em><em >rypanosoma brucei</em> parasites.
A Voyage of Curiosity and Vision
Mariella Bodemeier Loayza Careaga, PhD | Jun 14, 2024 | 9 min read
Parasitologist Luísa Figueiredo uncovered key elements of the secret life of African trypanosomes inside their hosts.
Image of Alison Van Eenennaam holding a black calf in her arms as they pose for the camera.
Herding Innovation in Livestock
Laura Tran, PhD | Jun 14, 2024 | 9 min read
Alison Van Eenennaam uses genome-editing technologies to aid beef cattle production and animal welfare.
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Synthetic Biology is in Fashion
Meenakshi Prabhune, PhD | Jun 14, 2024 | 10+ min read
Scientists are pulling on the protein threads that bind textiles and cosmetics together.
Infographic showing how recombinant proteins usher in an era of sustainable fashion
Infographic: Synthetic Biology is Transforming Clothes and Cosmetics
Meenakshi Prabhune, PhD | Jun 14, 2024 | 2 min read
Recombinant proteins usher in an era of sustainable fashion.
Infographic showing how flow cytometry enables researchers to assess several cell parameters simultaneously at a single-cell level with the help of lasers.
Flow Cytometry: Scattering Light to Measure Cells
Shelby Bradford, PhD | Jun 14, 2024 | 2 min read
Scientists analyze and quantify characteristics of cells and other particles with the power of lasers.
Stem cells are compressed into a ball (green) by a C-shaped biobot (red).
From Code to Creature
Laura Tran, PhD | Jun 14, 2024 | 10+ min read
A happenstance collaboration between biologists and roboticists led to the birth of a strange creation: living machines derived from frog stem cells.
A chromosome is gradually unwinding until the DNA double helix is visible. Proteins interact with parts of the DNA. Antibodies are attached to these protein-DNA interacting regions.
Chromatin Immunoprecipitation Reveals DNA-Protein Interactions
Mariella Bodemeier Loayza Careaga, PhD | Jun 14, 2024 | 10 min read
Proteins interact with DNA to regulate many vital processes in cells. Nearly 40 years ago, researchers developed a way to map these molecular connections.
Clipper spacecraft on a flyby over Europas surface.
Searching for Life’s Simple Necessities Across the Asteroid Belt
Shelby Bradford, PhD | Jun 14, 2024 | 10+ min read
NASA’s Europa Clipper mission will explore the characteristics of Jupiter’s moon Europa. Its data will help scientists assess if the icy body has the potential to host life.
A cell with gold particles inside is hit with a red laser.
How Flow Cytometry Spurred Cell Biology
Shelby Bradford, PhD | Jun 14, 2024 | 10+ min read
The ability to rapidly count and measure features of cells opened the research flood gates.
Infographic showing the comparison between chemical and enzymatic DNA synthesis
Infographic: Chemical Versus Enzymatic DNA Synthesis
Danielle Gerhard, PhD | Jun 14, 2024 | 2 min read
Polymerase-driven synthesis is gaining traction as scientists look to generate longer oligonucleotides and cut back on hazardous waste.
Cartoon of a woman, a dog, an octopus, a small spider, and a fly dreaming.&nbsp;
What is the Smallest Animal to Dream?
Shelby Bradford, PhD | Jun 3, 2024 | 2 min read
Neuroscience research suggests that many animals experience dream-like states.
A baby cries
Why are Tears Important?
Mariella Bodemeier Loayza Careaga, PhD | Jun 3, 2024 | 2 min read
Human tears are a blend of elements that lubricate and protect the human eye.
A scientist examining a microtiter plate
Tips for Optimizing Cell-Based Readouts
The Scientist Staff | Jun 3, 2024 | 2 min read
Explore five tips for improving detection and reducing background noise with cell-based fluorescence measurements on microplate readers.
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