beetles, cell & molecular biology
Fellow Travelers
Fellow Travelers
Dan Cossins | Feb 1, 2013
Collective cell migration relies on a directional signal that comes from the moving cluster, rather than from external cues.
Stockpiling Histones
Stockpiling Histones
Kerry Grens | Feb 1, 2013
Histones stored on lipid droplets in fly embryos provide a backup supply when newly synthesized ones are lacking.
Feeding Time
Feeding Time
Kerry Grens | Feb 1, 2013
The eating schedule—and not the amount of calories—can make the difference between an obese, diabetic, sick mouse and one with a healthy metabolism.
Color from Structure
Color from Structure
Cristina Luiggi | Feb 1, 2013
Researchers are working to understand how often-colorless biological nanostructures give rise to some of the most spectacular technicolor displays in nature.
Deaf Mice Hear Again
Deaf Mice Hear Again
Dan Cossins | Jan 10, 2013
A drug applied to the ears of deaf mice has prompted the regrowth of noise-damaged hair cells and resulted in slight improvements in the animals’ hearing.
Debate Over Stem Cell Effectiveness
Debate Over Stem Cell Effectiveness
Ed Yong | Jan 9, 2013
Reprogrammed stem cells are not attacked by the immune system, or are they?
Breast Cancer Pioneer Dies
Breast Cancer Pioneer Dies
Jef Akst | Jan 3, 2013
Elwood Jensen, whose research inspired new treatments for breast cancer, has passed away at age 92.
Is Frog Skin a Red Herring?
Is Frog Skin a Red Herring?
Ed Yong | Jan 2, 2013
Despite decades of work, compounds in frog skins have failed to yield new antibiotics. Why?
Sperm Shadows
Sperm Shadows
Ruth Williams | Jan 1, 2013
Tracking the shadows cast by sperm reveals their precise 3-D movements.
Bacterial Sacrifice
Bacterial Sacrifice
Kerry Grens | Jan 1, 2013
Patterns of cell death aid in the formation of beneficial wrinkles during the development of bacterial biofilms.