Modus Operandi
Here Comes Single-Cell Optogenetics
Here Comes Single-Cell Optogenetics
Ruth Williams | Mar 1, 2018
A new protein may allow researchers to home in on individual neurons, determining their activity minute by minute.
Detecting Protein Clumps
Detecting Protein Clumps
Ruth Williams | Feb 1, 2018
A synthetic genetic tool called yTRAP allows high-throughput detection of protein aggregates in cells.
 
3-D–Printed Ethoscopes Lower Barriers to Large-Scale Fly Behavior Studies
3-D–Printed Ethoscopes Lower Barriers to Large-Scale Fly Behavior Studies
Ruth Williams | Jan 1, 2018
The DIY devices collect data and enable light stimulation, chamber agitation, and gas infusion.
Researchers Make Knockout Stem Cell Lines in One StepResearchers Make Knockout Stem Cell Lines in One Step
Researchers Make Knockout Stem Cell Lines in One Step
Ruth Williams | Dec 1, 2017
Combining gene editing and stem-cell induction improves efficiency of functional genetic analyses.
Implanted Magnetic Probes Measure Brain Activity
Implanted Magnetic Probes Measure Brain Activity
Ruth Williams | Nov 1, 2017
Micrometer-size magnetrodes detect activity-generated magnetic fields within living brains.
Live Cell Extractions
Live Cell Extractions
Ruth Williams | Oct 1, 2017
Nanostraws that collect specimens from cells without killing them allow for repeated sampling.
Bubbles for Broken Bones
Bubbles for Broken Bones
Ruth Williams | Sep 1, 2017
Ultrasound-stimulated microbubbles enable gene delivery to fix fractures.
Custom-Made Molecules
Custom-Made Molecules
Ruth Williams | Aug 21, 2017
A new prototype machine can make the biological molecules of one’s choice from digital DNA sequences.
Microbiota Manipulations
Microbiota Manipulations
Ruth Williams | Jul 17, 2017
Two research teams develop tools for tinkering with a bacterial genus prominent in human guts.
Synthetic Stem Cells Regenerate Heart Tissue in Mice
Synthetic Stem Cells Regenerate Heart Tissue in Mice
Diana Kwon | Jun 1, 2017
These engineered “cells” were made from the secretions and membranes of human mesenchymal stem cells.