digital PCR, ecology, cell & molecular biology
Gene Silencing Is Golden
Gene Silencing Is Golden
Carina Storrs | Aug 1, 2013
A beginner’s how-to on RNAi screening in mammalian cells
Cellular Pegs-in-Holes
Cellular Pegs-in-Holes
Ruth Williams | Aug 1, 2013
Cell-containing hydrogel shapes fit into a template to create an artificial tissue environment.
Remaking Nature
Remaking Nature
Kent H. Redford | Aug 1, 2013
Synthetic biologists need to work together with conservationists to understand the environmental consequences of this new technology.
Smoke Detectors
Smoke Detectors
Kate Yandell | Aug 1, 2013
Ancient receptors in seeds bind a small molecule in smoke that promotes germination.
Week in Review, July 22–26
Week in Review, July 22–26
Jef Akst | Jul 26, 2013
Faux stem cells; X chromosome involved in sperm production; rewarding peer review; clues to flatworm regeneration; an ethereal glow signals death
A Wild Stem Cell Chase
A Wild Stem Cell Chase
Signe Cane | Jul 24, 2013
A rigorous new study provides strong evidence that very small embryonic-like stem cells hypothesized to be found in mice and humans do not exist.
Dying Worms Emit Ethereal Glow
Dying Worms Emit Ethereal Glow
Ruth Williams | Jul 24, 2013
A head-to-tail wave of blue fluorescence signals the death of a nematode worm.
Dolphins by Name
Dolphins by Name
Sabrina Richards | Jul 23, 2013
Bottlenose dolphins can recognize and respond to their own “signature whistles,” strengthening the evidence that these whistles function like names.
Gene Therapy Coming of Age?
Gene Therapy Coming of Age?
Dan Cossins | Jul 11, 2013
Using lentiviral vectors to replace mutated genes in blood stem cells, scientists successfully treat two rare diseases apparently without causing harmful side effects.
The Downside of Antibiotics?
The Downside of Antibiotics?
Ruth Williams | Jul 3, 2013
Bacteria-killing antibiotics might also damage a person’s tissues.