Origins Reimagined
Origins Reimagined
Jeremy England, this month’s Reading Frames author, explains his views on how life may have started not with a primordial, disordered soup, but with smart protein assemblages.
Origins Reimagined
Origins Reimagined

Jeremy England, this month’s Reading Frames author, explains his views on how life may have started not with a primordial, disordered soup, but with smart protein assemblages.

Jeremy England, this month’s Reading Frames author, explains his views on how life may have started not with a primordial, disordered soup, but with smart protein assemblages.

biophysics
Ibrahim Cissé’s Tools Provide a Lens to Watch RNA Production
Ibrahim Cissé’s Tools Provide a Lens to Watch RNA Production
Jef Akst | Sep 1, 2020
The MIT physicist has demonstrated the importance of clusters of RNA polymerase and other transcription mediators in regulating RNA production.
Daniel Colón-Ramos Reveals the Mysteries of Worms’ Memories
Daniel Colón-Ramos Reveals the Mysteries of Worms’ Memories
Claudia Lopez-Lloreda | May 1, 2020
The Yale neuroscientist seeks to understand the brain’s architecture and function using C. elegans.
Hadiyah-Nicole Green Targets Cancer With Lasers
Hadiyah-Nicole Green Targets Cancer With Lasers
Emily Makowski | Apr 1, 2020
Spurred by family tragedy, the medical physicist wants to treat cancer in a new way.
How One Neuron Regulates Two Separate Behaviors
How One Neuron Regulates Two Separate Behaviors
Ruth Williams | Nov 14, 2019
A major sensory neuron in roundworms distinguishes proprioception from harmful touch by sending out local or whole-cell signals, respectively.
Weak Magnetic Fields Manipulate Regeneration in Worms
Weak Magnetic Fields Manipulate Regeneration in Worms
Ruth Williams | Jan 30, 2019
At magnetic field intensities somewhat above that of Earth, stem cell proliferation shifts gears.
Opinion: Stop Ignoring This Filament Crucial to Muscle Function
Opinion: Stop Ignoring This Filament Crucial to Muscle Function
Julio M. Fernández | Sep 1, 2018
Titin was discovered four decades ago, but some physiology textbooks fail to recognize the important role it plays in muscle contraction.
Jens Christian Skou, Discoverer of the Sodium-Potassium Pump, Dies
Jens Christian Skou, Discoverer of the Sodium-Potassium Pump, Dies
Kerry Grens | May 29, 2018
The Nobel laureate was the first to identify an enzyme moving material across the cell membrane.
Tiny Shrimp Mix Up the Ocean
Tiny Shrimp Mix Up the Ocean
Catherine Offord | Apr 18, 2018
Crowds of zooplankton swimming upward generate large downward jets of water, a study finds.
Image of the Day: Cell Droplets
Image of the Day: Cell Droplets
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Apr 4, 2018
Proteins and RNA aggregate into “membraneless organelles” due to liquid-liquid phase separation.
Collapsing Bubbles May Make Knuckle Cracks Noisy
Collapsing Bubbles May Make Knuckle Cracks Noisy
Ashley Yeager | Mar 29, 2018
A new mathematical model suggests the “popping” sound comes from partial bursts of gas sacs in joint fluid.
Image of the Day: DNA Knitter
Image of the Day: DNA Knitter
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Feb 27, 2018
Researchers show how condensin complexes organize DNA in real time.
Harald Janovjak Bends Cells and Receptors to His Will
Harald Janovjak Bends Cells and Receptors to His Will
Aggie Mika | Oct 1, 2017
The 38-year-old synthetic biologist comes from a long line of tinkerers and engineers.
Stem Cells Seek Out Tumors Based on Stiffness
Stem Cells Seek Out Tumors Based on Stiffness
Shawna Williams | Jul 26, 2017
The technique, demonstrated in mice using engineered mesenchymal stem cells, has potential for both diagnosis and treatment.
Image of the Day: How To Train Your Dolphin
Image of the Day: How To Train Your Dolphin
The Scientist Staff | Jun 1, 2017
Capitalizing on dolphins' astute and playful nature, scientists devised an underwater interactive touchscreen game to help them study and interact with these creatures.
May the Force Be with You
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.
Video: Watch Cells Crawl To Firmer Ground
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.
Accomplished Biophysicist Dies
Accomplished Biophysicist Dies
Catherine Offord | Apr 4, 2016
Harold Morowitz, who dedicated his career to investigating the origins of life, has passed away at age 88.
Contributors
Contributors
Catherine Offord | Apr 1, 2016
Meet some of the people featured in the April 2016 issue of The Scientist.
Shooting for the Moon
Shooting for the Moon
Mary Beth Aberlin | Apr 1, 2016
Defeating cancer is many times more difficult than planting a flag on our lunar satellite.