cocaine, cell & molecular biology
Artificial Cells Talk to Real Ones
Artificial Cells Talk to Real Ones
Jef Akst | Feb 1, 2017
Nonliving cells developed in the lab can communicate chemically with living bacteria, according to a study.
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.
Contributors
Contributors
Ben Andrew Henry | Feb 1, 2017
Meet some of the people featured in the February 2017 issue of The Scientist.
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.
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.
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.
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.