digital PCR, cell & molecular biology
Branching Out
Branching Out
Dan Cossins | Apr 1, 2013
Satellites of the Golgi apparatus generate the microtubules used to grow outer dendrite branches in Drosophila neurons.
Mighty Modifications
Mighty Modifications
Beth Marie Mole | Apr 1, 2013
Histone acetylation levels keep intracellular pH in check.
Bee Venom for HIV Prevention
Bee Venom for HIV Prevention
Edyta Zielinska | Mar 12, 2013
Nanoparticles coated with a toxin found in bee venom can destroy HIV while leaving surrounding cells intact.
Prion-like Proteins Cause Disease
Prion-like Proteins Cause Disease
Ed Yong | Mar 3, 2013
Normal proteins with regions resembling disease-causing prions are responsible for an inherited disorder that affects the brain, muscle, and bone.
Crack Control
Crack Control
Dan Cossins | Mar 1, 2013
Nanoscale cracks in bone dissipate energy to protect against fracture, a process that appears to be regulated by the interaction of two proteins.
Antibiotic Bouncer
Antibiotic Bouncer
Kerry Grens | Mar 1, 2013
Contrary to previous assumptions that macrolide antibiotics completely block the exit tunnel of ribosomes, new evidence shows that some peptides are allowed to pass.
Sleep Protection
Sleep Protection
Kerry Grens | Mar 1, 2013
Inducing certain brain patterns extends non-REM sleep in mice.
Set It and Forget It
Set It and Forget It
Carina Storrs | Mar 1, 2013
A tour of three systems for automating cell culture
Buying Cell-Culture Products
Buying Cell-Culture Products
Christi Bird | Mar 1, 2013
A survey of The Scientist readers reveals who buys cell-growth products from whom,
and why.
Biology Hacklabs
Biology Hacklabs
Megan Scudellari | Mar 1, 2013
Fueled by donations, sweat, and occasional dumpster diving, community laboratories for DIY biologists are cropping up around the country.