emulsion PCR, microbiology, cell & molecular biology
Enzyme Design
Enzyme Design
Jef Akst | Dec 3, 2014
Researchers create synthetic enzymes in the lab, encoded by artificial genetic material.
Gene Jumped to All Three Domains of Life
Gene Jumped to All Three Domains of Life
Kerry Grens | Dec 1, 2014
By horizontal gene transfer, an antibacterial gene family has dispersed to a plant, an insect, several fungi, and an archaeon.
Microflora for Hire
Microflora for Hire
Molly Sharlach | Dec 1, 2014
The guts of cows and termites harbor microbes that are renowned complex-carbohydrate digesters, but the human gastrointestinal tract has flora that just might measure up.
Bespoke Cell Jackets
Bespoke Cell Jackets
Ruth Williams | Dec 1, 2014
Scientists make hydrogel coats for individual cells that can be tailored to specific research questions.
Polymerase Pieces
Polymerase Pieces
Jef Akst | Dec 1, 2014
Researchers discover a new subunit of a bacterial RNA polymerase—as well as hints of its potential role in defending against viruses.
A Cellar’s Cellular Treasure, 1992
A Cellar’s Cellular Treasure, 1992
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Dec 1, 2014
A spring cleaning led to the rediscovery of Theodor Boveri’s microscope slides, presumed lost during World War II.
New Piece of a Mysterious Channel
New Piece of a Mysterious Channel
Kerry Grens | Nov 25, 2014
Researchers have nailed down yet another component of the mechanotransduction complex responsible for relaying signals from hair cells in the ear.
Virus Protects Mouse Gut
Virus Protects Mouse Gut
Tracy Vence | Nov 19, 2014
A murine norovirus appears to recover some of the functions of commensal bacteria in the guts of germ-free or antibiotic-treated mice.
Virus May Explain “Melting” Sea Stars
Virus May Explain “Melting” Sea Stars
Molly Sharlach | Nov 19, 2014
Researchers discover a densovirus that is associated with sea star wasting disease.
Sealed With a Kiss
Sealed With a Kiss
Bob Grant | Nov 17, 2014
A single intimate smooch can transfer upwards of 80 million bacteria.