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A Bright New Tool to Record Cellular Interactions
A Bright New Tool to Record Cellular Interactions
The G-baToN prototype transfers GFP between cells, illuminating cell-cell contacts.
A Bright New Tool to Record Cellular Interactions
A Bright New Tool to Record Cellular Interactions

The G-baToN prototype transfers GFP between cells, illuminating cell-cell contacts.

The G-baToN prototype transfers GFP between cells, illuminating cell-cell contacts.

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headshot of Osamu Shimomura
GFP Discoverer Osamu Shimomura Dies
Shawna Williams | Oct 23, 2018 | 2 min read
The 90-year-old marine biologist won a Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his isolation of green fluorescent protein.
Image of the Day: Fragile X
The Scientist Staff and The Scientist Staff | Nov 7, 2017 | 1 min read
Researchers uncover the central role of a protein linked to Fragile X Syndrome in mice, one of the leading causes of autism and intellectual disability.
Image of the Day: Painting with Viruses
The Scientist Staff and The Scientist Staff | Oct 31, 2017 | 1 min read
Researchers have used a modified rabies virus and fluorescent proteins to tag individual nerve cells in the mouse visual cortex. 
How to Track Translation in Living Cells
Ruth Williams | Oct 1, 2016 | 4 min read
Four independent research groups develop techniques for visualizing peptide production in living cells.
Notable Science Quotes
The Scientist Staff | Oct 1, 2016 | 2 min read
Roger Tsien R.I.P., predatory publishing, and diversity in science
Microscopy’s Growth Through the Years
Jenny Rood | Oct 1, 2016 | 5 min read
From confocal fluorescence microscopy to super-resolution and live 3-D imaging, microscopes have changed rapidly since 1986.
Scientists Catch Translation in the Act
Ruth Williams | Sep 30, 2016 | 1 min read
Newly developed techniques from four different groups rely on the same basic steps to track translation in live cells.
Nobel Laureate Roger Tsien Dies
Kerry Grens | Aug 31, 2016 | 2 min read
One of the pioneers in developing fluorescent proteins for biological studies was 64 years old.
Picturing Infection
Kelly Rae Chi | Jan 1, 2015 | 7 min read
Whole-animal, light-based imaging of infected small mammals
Lights, Camera, Action
Jessica Wright | Jan 1, 2014 | 9 min read
A guide for doing in vivo microscopy on neurons in the mammalian brain
Glowing Green Eel
Chris Palmer | Jun 17, 2013 | 2 min read
The Japanese freshwater eel is the first vertebrate found to produce a fluorescent protein, which may prove useful in the clinic.
Live and In Color
Sarah Webb, Knowable Magazine | Apr 1, 2012 | 7 min read
How to track RNA in living cells
It’s Easy Being Green
Richard P. Grant | Jan 1, 2012 | 2 min read
Now RNA can glow in the cell, as only proteins could in the past.
In with the New
Mary Beth Aberlin | Jan 1, 2012 | 3 min read
There is definitely no shortage of technological innovation in the life sciences.
Encrypting E. coli
Kerry Grens | Sep 26, 2011 | 3 min read
Researchers design patterns of fluorescent protein expression to deliver secret messages.
Fluorescent fish find pollution
Bob Grant | Jun 13, 2011 | 1 min read
Genetically engineered fish may one day help detect estrogen-like chemicals in consumer products and aquatic habitats.
Green Team Wins 2008 Nobel
Bob Grant | Oct 7, 2008 | 3 min read
The researchers who aided in the development of the ubiquitous green florescent protein as a tool for cell and molecular biology have taken home this year's chemistry prize.
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