germ cells, cell & molecular biology
Growing Placenta-Generating Cells
Growing Placenta-Generating Cells
Jef Akst | Oct 14, 2015
Researchers derive trophoblast stem cells from mouse fibroblasts, paving the way for cell therapy for placental dysfunction diseases.
Explaining Elephants’ Cancer Resistance
Explaining Elephants’ Cancer Resistance
Jef Akst | Oct 13, 2015
Two studies reveal that the giant mammals have dozens of extra copies of a cancer-preventing gene.
Scientists Skip Cell Line Validation
Scientists Skip Cell Line Validation
Kerry Grens | Oct 12, 2015
Despite known problems with contamination and mislabeled cell lines, most researchers continue to operate without authenticating cells’ identity.
Neurogenesis in the Mammalian Brain
Neurogenesis in the Mammalian Brain
Jef Akst | Oct 1, 2015
Neuron nurseries in the adult brains of rodents and humans appear to influence cognitive function.
Cultural Riches
Cultural Riches
Anna Azvolinsky | Oct 1, 2015
Researchers devise new techniques to facilitate growing bacteria collected from the environment.
Brain Freeze
Brain Freeze
Kerry Grens | Oct 1, 2015
A common tissue fixation method distorts the true neuronal landscape.
Riboswitch Flip Kills Bacteria
Riboswitch Flip Kills Bacteria
Ruth Williams | Sep 30, 2015
Scientists discover a novel antibacterial molecule that targets a vital RNA regulatory element.
New Virus Discovered in Human Blood
New Virus Discovered in Human Blood
Jef Akst | Sep 23, 2015
Researchers identify a novel virus in blood samples taken in the 1970s.
Alleged Scoop Sours Magnetoreceptor Collaboration
Alleged Scoop Sours Magnetoreceptor Collaboration
Kerry Grens | Sep 21, 2015
University administrators request a retraction upon learning that one researcher scooped another’s results despite having agreed not to.
Gel Heals Heart Attack Injury
Gel Heals Heart Attack Injury
Kerry Grens | Sep 18, 2015
A collagen patch seeded with a regenerative protein helps mice and pigs regain cardiac function after a heart attack.