cell and molecular biology
Michael Smith: Biomechanic
Michael Smith: Biomechanic
Jef Akst | Sep 1, 2013
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Boston University. Age: 37
Modified Toxin to Treat Obesity?
Modified Toxin to Treat Obesity?
Dan Cossins | May 29, 2013
Researchers show that a synthetic peptide derived from a sea anemone toxin has potent weight-regulating effects in a mouse model of obesity.
 
Cell-Based Computing Goes Analog
Cell-Based Computing Goes Analog
Sabrina Richards | May 20, 2013
Synthetic biologists are looking to analog, not digital, circuits to create cell-based calculators that can add, divide, and even perform algorithms.
From Toxins to Therapeutics
From Toxins to Therapeutics
Dan Cossins | Mar 19, 2013
Researchers are finding new drugs for chronic pain and autoimmune diseases by modifying animal venom-derived molecules that target the nervous and immune systems.
Do Mice Make Bad Models?
Do Mice Make Bad Models?
Dan Cossins | Feb 11, 2013
A study suggests that some mouse models do not accurately mimic human molecular mechanisms of inflammatory response, but other mouse strains may fare better.
Stem Cells Not Rejected
Stem Cells Not Rejected
Dan Cossins | Jan 25, 2013
Researchers uncover more evidence that reprogrammed stem cells are not attacked by the immune system, suggesting they may one day serve as effective therapies.
New Biological Pacemaker
New Biological Pacemaker
Dan Cossins | Dec 18, 2012
In guinea pigs, the insertion of a single gene can transform ordinary heart cells into pacemaker cells that regulate cardiac rhythm.