mice, cell & molecular biology
DBS with Nanoparticle-Based Optogenetics Modifies Behavior in Mice
DBS with Nanoparticle-Based Optogenetics Modifies Behavior in Mice
Diana Kwon | Feb 8, 2018
Researchers develop a new technique to selectively activate neurons deep in the rodent brain, taking a step toward noninvasive brain stimulation for neurological disorders.
Infographic: Skotomorphogenesis Versus Photomorphogenesis
Infographic: Skotomorphogenesis Versus Photomorphogenesis
Kerry Grens | Jan 31, 2018
Pectin fragments may signal plant cells to maintain a type of growth suited to darkness.
Image of the Day: Red-Hot Mitochondria
Image of the Day: Red-Hot Mitochondria
The Scientist Staff | Jan 29, 2018
Mitochondria may sustain temperatures more than 10 °C warmer than human cells, say researchers. 
Researchers Discover 10 New Immune Systems in Bacteria
Researchers Discover 10 New Immune Systems in Bacteria
Jim Daley | Jan 25, 2018
The findings more than double the number of known defense mechanisms, piquing the interests of molecular biology tool developers.
Neurons Use Virus-Like Proteins to Transmit Information
Neurons Use Virus-Like Proteins to Transmit Information
Diana Kwon | Jan 15, 2018
In mice and flies, the Arc protein forms capsids and carries genetic information.
Glial Ties to Persistent Pain
Glial Ties to Persistent Pain
Mark R. Hutchinson | Jan 1, 2018
Immune-like cells in the central nervous system are now recognized as key participants in the creation and maintenance of persistent pain.
Targeting Sodium Channels for Pain Relief
Targeting Sodium Channels for Pain Relief
Catherine Offord | Jan 1, 2018
The race to develop analgesic drugs that inhibit sodium channel NaV1.7 is revealing a complex sensory role for the protein.
Infographic: Two Pain Paths Diverge in the Body
Infographic: Two Pain Paths Diverge in the Body
Mark R. Hutchinson | Dec 31, 2017
The acute pain that results from injury or disease is very different from chronic pain.
Infographic: A Painful Pathway
Infographic: A Painful Pathway
Catherine Offord | Dec 31, 2017
Since the mid-2000s, the voltage-gated sodium channel NaV1.7 has emerged as a promising target for a new class of analgesics.
Image of the Day: Actin Burst
Image of the Day: Actin Burst
The Scientist Staff | Dec 6, 2017
Researchers are looking at actin polymerization and calcium uptake in human cells to study mitochondrial division.