Image of the Day: Synthetic Scaffolds
Image of the Day: Synthetic Scaffolds
Three-dimensional polymer matrices offer researchers a new representation of the extracellular matrix that can be used to study the growth of cancer cells.
Image of the Day: Synthetic Scaffolds
Image of the Day: Synthetic Scaffolds

Three-dimensional polymer matrices offer researchers a new representation of the extracellular matrix that can be used to study the growth of cancer cells.

Three-dimensional polymer matrices offer researchers a new representation of the extracellular matrix that can be used to study the growth of cancer cells.

chromosomes, cell & molecular biology
Killifish Embryos Pause Development Without Consequence: Study
Killifish Embryos Pause Development Without Consequence: Study
Lisa Winter | Feb 21, 2020
Contrary to popular thinking, the period of arrested development is an active state of maintaining muscle integrity.
Image of the Day: See-Through Tissue
Image of the Day: See-Through Tissue
Amy Schleunes | Feb 21, 2020
Scientists have developed a tissue-clearing protocol that allows them to peer into entire, transparent human organs.
New Discoveries in Human Anatomy
New Discoveries in Human Anatomy
Diana Kwon | Feb 18, 2020
Using advanced microscopy and imaging techniques, scientists have revealed new parts of the human body and overturned previous misconceptions.
Infographic: The Modern Human Body
Infographic: The Modern Human Body
Diana Kwon | Feb 18, 2020
The last few years have yielded new insights into human anatomy. Explore this interactive graphic to learn about some of these discoveries.  
Biochemist Stanley Cohen Dies
Biochemist Stanley Cohen Dies
Catherine Offord | Feb 10, 2020
The Vanderbilt University professor was awarded a Nobel Prize for his discovery of epidermal growth factor.
Researchers Find Cell-Free Mitochondria Floating in Human Blood
Researchers Find Cell-Free Mitochondria Floating in Human Blood
Katarina Zimmer | Feb 6, 2020
The functional, respiring organelles appear to be present in the blood of healthy people, but their function is yet unclear.
Inadequate Myelination of Neurons Tied to Autism: Study
Inadequate Myelination of Neurons Tied to Autism: Study
Lisa Winter | Feb 4, 2020
A mouse model of autism and postmortem brains of autistic individuals showed a lack of mature oligodendrocytes and less myelination than controls.
Image of the Day: Regenerating Worms
Image of the Day: Regenerating Worms
Amy Schleunes | Feb 3, 2020
Planarian flatworms grow to double their normal size when scientists inhibit a gene that suppresses growth.
Engineered Microbe in Bees’ Guts Fends off Deadly Varroa Mite
Engineered Microbe in Bees’ Guts Fends off Deadly Varroa Mite
Lisa Winter | Jan 31, 2020
The genetically modified bacteria spark an RNAi response in the parasite that leads to self-destruction—and perhaps a path to combatting colony collapse disorder.
Faulty Antibodies Undermine Widespread Research
Faulty Antibodies Undermine Widespread Research
Ruth Williams | Jan 30, 2020
Two papers reveal that many commonly used research antibodies don’t bind as believed, highlighting the need to validate these reagents before use.
Immunologist Wendy Havran Dies
Immunologist Wendy Havran Dies
Lisa Winter | Jan 28, 2020
Havran described gamma-delta T cells’ direct function in epithelial repair.
Biochemist Hans Kornberg Dies
Biochemist Hans Kornberg Dies
Catherine Offord | Jan 27, 2020
An expert on carbohydrate transport, Kornberg contributed to the discovery of several metabolic cycles in microorganisms during his seven-decade career.
Novel DNA-Sensing Pathway Found in Human Cells, Absent in Mice
Novel DNA-Sensing Pathway Found in Human Cells, Absent in Mice
Catherine Offord | Jan 24, 2020
This previously unknown mechanism for spotting foreign genetic material in the cytoplasm launches antiviral defenses even when the well-known immune mediator STING is absent.
David Hogness, Revolutionary of 20th Century Genetics, Dies
David Hogness, Revolutionary of 20th Century Genetics, Dies
Amy Schleunes | Jan 20, 2020
The Stanford University researcher’s groundbreaking work connected the fields of molecular biology and genetics, paving the way for the founding of genomics.
Ginkgo’s Extreme Longevity Credited to Immune System
Ginkgo’s Extreme Longevity Credited to Immune System
Lisa Winter | Jan 15, 2020
Genes related to the immune system stay active throughout the tree’s life.
Image of the Day: Chromatin Forest
Image of the Day: Chromatin Forest
Emily Makowski | Jan 14, 2020
The DNA-protein complex has branches that fold back on themselves.
Barbara Pickard, Plant Mechanosensory Researcher, Dies
Barbara Pickard, Plant Mechanosensory Researcher, Dies
Emily Makowski | Jan 13, 2020
The mechanobiologist at Washington University in St. Louis studied how plants sense their environment.
Algorithm Designs Robots Using Frog Cells
Algorithm Designs Robots Using Frog Cells
Emma Yasinski | Jan 13, 2020
Scientists carve the shapes from piles of frog cells, like a sculptor building a statue.
Alternative Splicing Provides a Broad Menu of Proteins for Cells
Alternative Splicing Provides a Broad Menu of Proteins for Cells
Gabrielle M. Gentile, Hannah J. Wiedner, Emma R. Hinkle, and Jimena Giudice | Jan 13, 2020
It’s now clear that gene transcripts can be constructed in various ways, yet many questions remain about the process.