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This is DishBrain, an in vitro system that combines human brain cells with artificial intelligence technology, which researchers at Australian biotech Cortical Labs recently trained to play the classic 1972 Atari video game Pong. Fluorescent markers show axons in green, neuron bodies in purple, dendrites in red, and all other cells in blue. Where multiple markers are present, colors are merged and typically appear as yellow or pink. Posted: October 12, 2022
Caught on Camera
See some of the coolest images recently featured by The Scientist.
Caught on Camera
Caught on Camera

See some of the coolest images recently featured by The Scientist.

See some of the coolest images recently featured by The Scientist.

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Squiggly green cilia on blue human beta cells
Pancreatic Cell Cilia Wiggle to Control Insulin Release
Shafaq Zia | Oct 6, 2022 | 3 min read
Tiny hairlike structures on pancreatic cells have long been considered static sensors. Now, researchers say they move and help regulate insulin secretion.
An artist's rendition of an RNA molecule in light blue on a dark blue background
Same RNA Acts in Neurodegeneration and Cancer
Abby Olena, PhD | Oct 29, 2021 | 3 min read
The long noncoding RNA MINCR, implicated in ALS and Alzheimer’s disease as well as several types of cancer, appears to function differently when present at high versus low levels.
A Guide to Biobank Storage
Thermo Fisher Scientific | Jul 29, 2021 | 1 min read
Choose the right temperature and storage product for each type of specimen.
Coronavirus-Infected Cells Grow Filopodia
Shawna Williams | Jun 30, 2020 | 1 min read
SARS-CoV-2 causes cells to put out projections that spread the virus, a study finds.
Infographic: Transfection by Precision Cell Piercing
Ruth Williams | Apr 1, 2020 | 1 min read
A microfluidic device creates a single hole in each cell to allow efficient DNA entry without compromising viability.
Precision Membrane Puncture Enables Efficient Cell Transfection
Ruth Williams | Apr 1, 2020 | 3 min read
A device for piercing individual holes in cell membranes allows vector-free DNA delivery while maintaining cell viability.
Image of the Day: Scrambled Frog Eggs
Emily Makowski | Nov 6, 2019 | 2 min read
Cellular innards can reorganize themselves to form structures similar to cells.
Organoids Don’t Accurately Model Human Brain Development
Diana Kwon | Oct 23, 2019 | 5 min read
A new study suggests that growing in a stressful environment prevents “brains-in-a-dish” from growing in the same way as their in vivo counterparts.
young man vaping
Scientists Study Vaping’s Harm as Second Death Reported
Nicoletta Lanese | Sep 5, 2019 | 5 min read
In light of recent reports of electronic-cigarette–related illness and death, UNC Chapel Hill professor Robert Tarran discusses the dangerous effects of e-liquids on the lungs.
Mouse club cells
Image of the Day: Resilient Lung Cells
Nicoletta Lanese | Aug 1, 2019 | 1 min read
A specific type of lung cell withstands flu infection by doubling down on DNA repair.
cells frozen with new cryoprotectant
Image of the Day: Frigid Cells
Nicoletta Lanese | Jul 31, 2019 | 1 min read
A new cryoprotectant safeguards frozen cells against degradation.
Image of the Day: Roses Are Red, Poppies Are Too
Carolyn Wilke | Feb 14, 2019 | 1 min read
New research shows how they get their deep hue.
Sounding Out Cell Stickiness
Ruth Williams | Dec 1, 2018 | 3 min read
Acoustic forces can be used to differentiate adherent from non-adherent cells.
Physics Nobel Goes to Laser Pioneers
Ashley Yeager | Oct 2, 2018 | 2 min read
Three researchers, Arthur Ashkin, Gérard Mourou, and Donna Strickland, who worked on optical tweezers and chirped pulse amplification win the 2018 award.
Image of the Day: Cancer Spheroid
The Scientist Staff | May 15, 2018 | 1 min read
3-D balls of cells can be used to screen for potential cancer drugs.
Solitary Sequencing
Beth Marie Mole | Dec 21, 2012 | 1 min read
Decoding the genome of a single cell could reveal previously overlooked levels of genetic variation.
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