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Mammalian Oocytes Store mRNA in Newly Found Membraneless Structure
The findings answer the longstanding question of where these cells hold the mRNA needed to cope with the transcriptional halt preceding meiosis.
Mammalian Oocytes Store mRNA in Newly Found Membraneless Structure
Mammalian Oocytes Store mRNA in Newly Found Membraneless Structure

The findings answer the longstanding question of where these cells hold the mRNA needed to cope with the transcriptional halt preceding meiosis.

The findings answer the longstanding question of where these cells hold the mRNA needed to cope with the transcriptional halt preceding meiosis.

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Abstract graphene structures
Synthetic Organelles Let Researchers Control Cell Behavior
Catherine Offord | Nov 1, 2021 | 3 min read
A technique that reversibly bundles tagged cargo into artificial membraneless compartments gives scientists the ability to switch cell processes on and off.
Illustration showing how engineered cells produce proteins that allow scientists to turn cellular processes on and off
Infographic: One Way to Flip the Cell Behavior Switch
Catherine Offord | Nov 1, 2021 | 1 min read
Engineered cells produce proteins that allow scientists to turn cellular processes on and off.
oil in water
Stress-Induced Molecular Globs Boost Bacterial Fitness
Ruth Williams | Oct 21, 2021 | 4 min read
Liquid conglomerations of molecules that form in bacterial cells in response to stress promote the cells’ survival, a study finds.
Infographic: Paraspeckle Form and Function
Archa Fox | Dec 1, 2019 | 2 min read
What do scientists know about this membraneless nuclear body discovered less than two decades ago?
What Paraspeckles Can Teach Us About Basic Cell Biology
Archa Fox | Dec 1, 2019 | 10+ min read
Discovering a new type of subnuclear body taught me how pursuing the unexpected can lead to new insights—in this case, about long noncoding RNAs and liquid-liquid phase separation in cells.
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Image of the Day: Liquid Compartments
Nicoletta Lanese | Aug 28, 2019 | 1 min read
Membraneless organelles appear highly sensitive to ion concentrations in their environment.
Hindsight
Bob Grant | Dec 1, 2018 | 2 min read
Looking back at a year filled with discoveries and challenges.
These Organelles Have No Membranes
Michael Crabtree and Tim Nott | Dec 1, 2018 | 10+ min read
From making ribosomes to protecting the integrity of the genome, these membraneless compartments play important roles in the cell. Their behavior is rooted in basic physics.
Image of the Day: Drop Set
Catherine Offord | Nov 13, 2018 | 1 min read
Liquid-like droplets containing DNA and proteins provide a model for researchers to study membraneless organization in the cell.
Image of the Day: Burst Your Bubble
The Scientist Staff | Jun 15, 2017 | 1 min read
Intracellular electrostatic exchanges between RNA and proteins create dynamic glob-like membraneless organelles.
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