cell & molecular biology, developmental biology, neuroscience
Plant Photoreceptor Doubles as a Thermometer
Plant Photoreceptor Doubles as a Thermometer
Ben Andrew Henry | Feb 1, 2017
Warmth acts on a light-sensing protein similarly to the way shade does, setting off a growth spurt in plant seedlings.
RNA Interference Between Kingdoms
RNA Interference Between Kingdoms
Kerry Grens | Feb 1, 2017
Plants and fungi can use conserved RNA interference machinery to regulate each other’s gene expression—and scientists think they can make use of this phenomenon to create a new generation of pesticides.
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.
Science Your Plants!
Science Your Plants!
The Scientist Staff | Jan 31, 2017
CalTech researcher Elliot Meyerowitz describes how plant genetics influences growth and productivity.
Infographic: Dual-Purpose Photoreceptor
Infographic: Dual-Purpose Photoreceptor
Ben Andrew Henry | Jan 31, 2017
See how different environmental conditions affect the activity of a molecule sensitive to both light and temperature.
Infographic: Following the Force
Infographic: Following the Force
Ning Wang | Jan 31, 2017
Physical forces propagate from the outside of cells inward and vice versa.
Image of the Day: Linked Out
Image of the Day: Linked Out
The Scientist Staff | Jan 26, 2017
A study provides the first visual evidence that cytofilaments tunnel through a cell’s nucleus to the extracellular matrix.
Lipids Take the Lead in Metastasis
Lipids Take the Lead in Metastasis
Amanda B. Keener | Jan 20, 2017
Researchers find diverse ways that the molecules can regulate cancer’s spread.
Unknown Protein Structures Predicted
Unknown Protein Structures Predicted
Ruth Williams | Jan 19, 2017
Metagenomic sequence data boosts the power of protein modeling software to yield hundreds of new protein structure predictions.
Replication Complications
Replication Complications
Ruth Williams | Jan 18, 2017
An initiative to replicate key findings in cancer biology yields a preliminary conclusion: it’s difficult.