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Cell Chirality Offers Clues to the Mystery of Body Asymmetry
Researchers explore the idea that molecular patterns in individual cells could underlie the development of a left and a right in animals.
Cell Chirality Offers Clues to the Mystery of Body Asymmetry
Cell Chirality Offers Clues to the Mystery of Body Asymmetry

Researchers explore the idea that molecular patterns in individual cells could underlie the development of a left and a right in animals.

Researchers explore the idea that molecular patterns in individual cells could underlie the development of a left and a right in animals.

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Infographic: The Emergence of Chirality in the Cell Cytoskeleton
Catherine Offord | Feb 1, 2022
Researchers use imaging to show how actin fibers tilt and then swirl to create left-right asymmetry in the cell.
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Laurence “Larry” Kedes, Molecular Geneticist, Dies at 83
Amanda Heidt | Apr 26, 2021
In addition to isolating the first protein-coding gene from a eukaryote, Kedes furthered scientists’ understanding of actin genes and also laid the foundations for modern DNA databases such as GenBank.
Derek Applewhite’s Actin Research Inspires the Next Generation
Lisa Winter | Mar 1, 2021
The biologist’s undergraduate-centered lab allows students to play a meaningful role in research.
Image of the Day: Worm Rocket
Emily Makowski | Dec 6, 2019
See the winners of the American Society for Cell Biology’s fluorescence imaging competition.
Image of the Day: Actin Assembly
Emily Makowski | Sep 17, 2019
Microtubules need actin to disassemble focal adhesions, allowing for cell movement.
Image of the Day: Organ Crosstalk
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 19, 2019
Zooming in on the ovarioles of Drosophila could reveal links between muscles, nutrition, and the development of eggs.
Prachee Avasthi Explores How Cells Build and Maintain Cilia
Shawna Williams | Dec 1, 2018
The University of Kansas professor is also known for her leadership among early-career researchers.
Image of the Day: Artificial Cell
Sukanya Charuchandra | May 31, 2018
Researchers made a synthetic cell that can photosynthesize and make proteins crucial for cellular structure. 
Image of the Day: Actin Burst
The Scientist Staff and The Scientist Staff | Dec 6, 2017
Researchers are looking at actin polymerization and calcium uptake in human cells to study mitochondrial division.
Image of the Day: Cell Scaffolding
The Scientist Staff | Feb 27, 2017
Human embryonic kidney cells use actin cytoskeletal networks to organize proteins on the surfaces of cell membranes.
May the Force Be with You
Ning Wang | Feb 1, 2017
The dissection of how cells sense and propagate physical forces is leading to exciting new tools and discoveries in mechanobiology and mechanomedicine.
Infographic: Following the Force
Ning Wang | Jan 31, 2017
Physical forces propagate from the outside of cells inward and vice versa.
Video: Watch Cells Crawl To Firmer Ground
The Scientist Staff | Dec 10, 2016
This collective migration, called durotaxis, depends on which cells get the best grip on a surface.
Physical Force Upregulates Gene Expression
Alison F. Takemura | Aug 24, 2016
Applying a mechanical force that pulls on a cell stretches chromatin, facilitating transcription, scientists show.
The Handedness of Cells
Kerry Grens | Jun 17, 2015
Actin—the bones of the cell—has a preference for swirling into a counterclockwise pattern.
Prominent Cell Biologist Dies
Kerry Grens | May 4, 2015
Cytoskeleton specialist Alan Hall was best known for unpacking the roles of Rho GTPases.   
Spotlight on the Cytoskeleton
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | May 27, 2014
Technique allows researchers to see the inner workings of cellular scaffolding molecules actin and tubulin.
Inactive Actin
Anna Azvolinsky | May 1, 2014
Clathrin-mediated endocytosis shuts down during mitosis in eukaryotic cells because all of the required actin is hoarded by the cytoskeleton.
Gravity Determines Cell Size
Abby Olena | Oct 29, 2013
Researchers show that cells may have evolved to be small because of gravitational forces.