a human neuron illuminated in bright green on a black background.
Mitochondrial Metabolism Dictates Neurons’ Growth Rate
Katherine Irving | Jan 30, 2023 | 4 min read
Altering the rate of respiration in mitochondria changes how fast neurons grow, making mouse neurons grow more like human ones and vice versa, a study finds.
A mutated cell with a spiky membrane
Mutations in Autism-Linked Gene Cause Membrane Mischief
Holly Barker, PhD, Spectrum | Jan 26, 2023 | 4 min read
Inactivating TAOK1 prompts tentacle-like protrusions to form all over a neuron’s surface, revealing the gene’s role in molding the membrane.
Illuminated drawing of gastrointestinal tract overlayed on woman’s hands and torso
“Gut Feeling” Takes on New Meaning
Iris Kulbatski, PhD | 4 min read
Mechanically sensitive gut cells similar to touch sensors in the skin allow the intestine to feel and assess the physical properties of its contents.
a centrifuge from a birds-eye view, spinning quickly with a colored blur 
Scientists Use Centrifuge to Discover a Hormone
Katherine Irving | Jan 23, 2023 | 3 min read
A new method for isolating extracellular fluid aims to discover molecules with therapeutic potential that were previously obscured by highly abundant proteins.
A photo of a dish in which cells, which look like small dots, have been enlarged and stained to make them visible to the naked eye.
New Swelling Technique Makes Cells Visible to the Naked Eye
Kamal Nahas, PhD | Jan 19, 2023 | 4 min read
A new technique, called Unclearing Microscopy, physically inflates and then stains cells to circumvent the need for expensive microscopes.
Artificial Organs: Innovating to Replace Donors and Dialysis
Artificial Organs: Innovating to Replace Donors and Dialysis
Deanna MacNeil, PhD | 4 min read
Scientists employ cutting edge tools and techniques to create artificial organs for research and disease therapeutics.
A colored microscopy image of a dividing breast cancer cell
Transfer RNAs Have a Surprising Role in Breast Cancer Growth
Natalia Mesa, PhD | Jan 5, 2023 | 4 min read
A particular leucine-ferrying tRNA is more abundant in cancerous cells than healthy ones, and lowering its levels inhibits cancer growth, a study finds.
Artist’s rendition of two X chromosomes in blue, with a glowing orange line swirling around one.
Male and Female Stem Cells Derived from One Donor in Scientific First
Dan Robitzski | Dec 22, 2022 | 3 min read
Studying otherwise identical XY, XX, X0, and XXY pluripotent stem cells will allow researchers to investigate sex-based differences in greater depth.
A Comprehensive Guide to Proteomics
A Comprehensive Guide to Proteomics
Sejal Davla, PhD | 5 min read
Deconstructing concepts, approaches, and data analysis in proteomics workflows.  
Cross section of an organic cell with intracellular organelles
How Intracellular Bacteria Hijack Your Cells
Catherine Offord | Dec 1, 2022 | 10+ min read
Scientists studying pathogens such as Chlamydia, Legionella, and Listeria get a master class in how to control the internal workings of mammalian cells.
Photo of Chantell Evans
Chantell Evans Tracks Mitochondrial Cleanup in Neurons
Holly Barker | Dec 1, 2022 | 3 min read
The Duke University cell biologist uses live-cell microscopy to reveal how brain cells rid themselves of damaged mitochondria and what goes wrong in neurodegenerative disease.
Single Cell and Spatial Imaging of the Tumor Microenvironment
A Guide to Mapping the Complexity of the Tumor Microenvironment
The Scientist’s Creative Services Team | 1 min read
High-quality sample preparation, single-cell analysis, and ultra-high content spatial proteomics for multi-dimensional research workflows.
Illustration showing how some intracellular bacteria, such as <em >Legionella pneumophila</em>, manipulate the cell&#39;s membranes for their own good
Infographic: Intracellular Bacteria’s Tricks for Host Manipulation 
Catherine Offord | Dec 1, 2022 | 2 min read
Various microbes, including several human pathogens, hijack the cell’s skeleton, membranes, and protein-making machinery to make themselves at home.
Lock and key illustration
Novel Yeast-Assembly Technique Yields Living Materials
Natalia Mesa, PhD | Nov 23, 2022 | 3 min read
Researchers say structures made of the cells could potentially be used to clean up uranium from oceans, heal wounds, and more.
3D medical illustration of peripheral blood cells: a lymphocyte (left) and a monocyte (right) surrounded by red blood cells.
PBMCs: Mononucleated and Multipurposed
Deanna MacNeil, PhD | 4 min read
Researchers employ peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) in clinical and academic applications related to the immune system and regenerative medicine.
the facade of a building. crisscrossed white walls intersect sets of four black windows in a lattice structure, with a cloudless blue sky in the background.
Exosome Scientist Douglas Taylor Stole and Mislabeled Images: Report
Katherine Irving | Nov 23, 2022 | 2 min read
Taylor, formerly of the University of Louisville, is known for his discovery of and research on tumor-secreted exosomes.  
illustration of cancer cells moving
Cancer Cells Gather Speed in Thicker Fluids
Holly Barker | Nov 22, 2022 | 4 min read
Viscous solutions accelerate the migration of tumor cells and may enable metastasis, according to a new study.
Neuronal network with electrical activity of neuron cells in 3D
How Do Neurons Work?
Jennifer Zieba, PhD | 6 min read
Neurons transmit information through the body via chemical signals and electrical impulses.
Micrograph image of cancer cells stained violet.
Oral Cancer Survives Starvation with Help from Nearby Nerves
Dan Robitzski | Nov 16, 2022 | 3 min read
Human and mouse oral tumors recruit nerves to produce peptides that the cancer cells need to survive—but this process can be blocked with a migraine drug.
Cells with miRNA activity reporter glowing
MicroRNAs Can Boost Gene Expression: Study
Holly Barker | Nov 15, 2022 | 3 min read
The tiny strings of RNA promote translation of a protein implicated in cancer, a hint they could regulate gene expression in more ways than previously thought.