Antibiotic resistant bacteria inside a biofilm, 3D illustration. Biofilm is a community of bacteria where they aquire antibiotic resistance and communicate with each other by quorum sensing molecules
How a Bacterium Manages to Reproduce During Famine
When Caulobacter crescentus finds itself in a nutrient-poor environment, it clusters an enzyme necessary for cell division thanks to a physical phenomenon known as phase separation so it can make better use of dwindling fuel.
How a Bacterium Manages to Reproduce During Famine
How a Bacterium Manages to Reproduce During Famine

When Caulobacter crescentus finds itself in a nutrient-poor environment, it clusters an enzyme necessary for cell division thanks to a physical phenomenon known as phase separation so it can make better use of dwindling fuel.

When Caulobacter crescentus finds itself in a nutrient-poor environment, it clusters an enzyme necessary for cell division thanks to a physical phenomenon known as phase separation so it can make better use of dwindling fuel.

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Caulobacter crescentus, concentrating DivJ
Infographic: Nutrient Scarcity Drives Phase Separation in Bacteria
Viviane Callier | Jul 18, 2022
When the bacterium Caulobacter crescentus runs low on fuel, it can still replicate by clustering its remaining ATP around the cell division enzyme DivJ.
Magenta (DNA) and green (lysosome) fluorescent markers indicate that cells eject waste products from the cell before late mitosis.
Science Snapshot: Mitotic Housekeeping
Lisa Winter | May 11, 2022
Researchers reveal that a measurable drop in the dry mass of a cell prior to mitosis is caused by waste products being jettisoned before the cell divides.
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Bridging Disciplines to Study CRISPR-Induced Chromosome Destabilization
Aparna Nathan
A collaboration between friends led to a cautionary finding about CRISPR’s effect on cells.
Conceptual image showing fragmented X chromosomes
How Chaos in Chromosomes Helps Drive Cancer Spread
Samuel F. Bakhoum | Mar 1, 2022
A new link between inflammation and rampant chromosomal abnormalities reveals novel strategies to treat diverse malignancies.
Infographic showing how bursting micronuclei promote cancer
Infographic: Chromosome Errors Cause Micronuclei and Drive Cancer
Samuel F. Bakhoum | Mar 1, 2022
When micronuclei rupture, chromosomes break, recombine, and form circles, causing inflammation and promoting carcinogenic growth.
John Glass describes why researchers constructed a synthetic unicellular organism and how it unravels the secrets of evolution.
The Scientist Speaks - DIY Cells: Understanding Life with a Synthetic Minimal Cell
Sejal Davla, PhD
John Glass describes why researchers constructed a synthetic unicellular organism and how it unravels the secrets of evolution.
Stress-Induced Chromosome Changes Protect Flies’ Aging Brains
Lisa Winter | Dec 1, 2020
Brain cells in older Drosophila tend to have more than two complete sets of chromosomes, and that polyploidy most likely has a protective function, a study shows.
Image of the Day: Scrambled Frog Eggs
Emily Makowski | Nov 6, 2019
Cellular innards can reorganize themselves to form structures similar to cells.
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The Scientist Speaks - The Reality of Regenerative Medicine
The Scientist Creative Services Team
After decades of research the potential of regenerative medicine becomes a life-saving reality.
Image of the Day: Unusual Fungi Reproduction
Emily Makowski | Oct 30, 2019
A variety of yeasts collected near Woods Hole, Massachusetts, show unconventional cell division.
Microscopy and Imaging Leader Shinya Inoué Dies
Jef Akst | Oct 7, 2019
The long-time Marine Biological Laboratory scientist was known for using his own hand-built microscopes to image the dynamics of live cells.
Image of the Day: Mother Machine
Emily Makowski | Sep 20, 2019
Bacteria grow and divide in microfluidic channels.
Image of the Day: Wrench in the Works
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 26, 2019
In cell division, a protein called spastin appears to help tear down a bridge between daughter cells.
Image of the Day: Sperm Donors
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 18, 2019
Asexual female nematodes use their male offsprings’ sperm to fertilize eggs, but cast away their genes.
Image of the Day: Metastatic Moment
Carolyn Wilke | Feb 27, 2019
A human breast cancer cell divides as it moves through surrounding blood vessel cells in vitro.
Image of the Day: Nuclei Hoarders
Carolyn Wilke | Feb 21, 2019
When lacking certain enzymes that help plants coordinate cell division, Arabidopsis thaliana cells grow and collect multiple nuclei.
Image of the Day: Cellular Breakdown
Carolyn Wilke | Jan 31, 2019
Autophagy may keep cell division in check to help protect against cancer-causing DNA damage.
Image of the Day: Nature by Hand
Carolyn Wilke | Jan 4, 2019
Scientist D. Allan Drummond’s study of life in sculpture aims to provoke curiosity and wonder about the world.
Image of the Day: Shoots Up
Ashley Yeager | Dec 14, 2018
During plants’ cell division, mother cells give daughter cells a signal to show them which way is up.