culture Friday, genetics & genomics, cell & molecular biology
Image of the Day: Puzzle Plants
Image of the Day: Puzzle Plants
The Scientist Staff | Mar 19, 2018
The jigsaw-shape cells found in the epidermis of many plants may serve to reduce mechanical stress on cell walls.
Monitoring Mutations with Microfluidics
Monitoring Mutations with Microfluidics
Ruth Williams | Mar 15, 2018
A device dubbed the “mother machine” enables real-time observation of mutagenesis in single bacterial cells.  
New Genetic Stroke-Risk Factors Identified
New Genetic Stroke-Risk Factors Identified
Catherine Offord | Mar 13, 2018
Analysis of DNA samples from more than 520,000 people brings the number of known stroke-risk loci to 32. 
John Sulston, Human Genome Project Leader, Dies
John Sulston, Human Genome Project Leader, Dies
Kerry Grens | Mar 12, 2018
The biologist earned a Nobel Prize in 2002 for his work on C. elegans.
First Direct-to-Consumer BRCA Test Authorized by FDA
First Direct-to-Consumer BRCA Test Authorized by FDA
Kerry Grens | Mar 6, 2018
The agency gave personal genomics company 23andMe the green light to screen samples for breast cancer–related genetic mutations.
Researchers Identify Gene Variants Linked to Synesthesia
Researchers Identify Gene Variants Linked to Synesthesia
Catherine Offord | Mar 6, 2018
A whole-genome analysis of people who experience color when they listen to sounds points to a handful of genes involved in neural development.
Slime Mold in Residence
Slime Mold in Residence
Ashley P. Taylor | Mar 2, 2018
At Hampshire College, students and faculty use the amoeba Physarum polycephalum—both a “visiting scholar” and a model organism—to examine human societal and political quandaries.  
Researchers Publish First Pan-Cancer Genomic Analyses in Pediatric Patients
Researchers Publish First Pan-Cancer Genomic Analyses in Pediatric Patients
Catherine Offord | Mar 1, 2018
Two large-scale studies reveal new insights into the genomic characteristics of childhood cancers.
New Methods to Detect CRISPR Off-Target Mutations
New Methods to Detect CRISPR Off-Target Mutations
Sandeep Ravindran | Mar 1, 2018
Researchers have developed a variety of techniques to detect when CRISPR misses the mark.
Parasitologist, Reprogrammed: A Profile of David Roos
Parasitologist, Reprogrammed: A Profile of David Roos
Anna Azvolinsky | Mar 1, 2018
After discovering a novel organelle found in protozoan parasites, the University of Pennsylvania’s Roos created a widely used eukaryotic pathogen database.