microscope, cell & molecular biology
Women Receive Lab-Grown Vaginas
Women Receive Lab-Grown Vaginas
Jef Akst | Apr 14, 2014
Doctors implant custom-made organs, built from a tissue sample and a biodegradable scaffold, into four female patients born with underdeveloped or missing vaginas.
Week in Review: April 7–11
Week in Review: April 7–11
Tracy Vence | Apr 11, 2014
Stress and telomere length in children; osmotic channel protein identified; amoeba nibbles, then kills cells; amphetamine and mental disorder risk; news from AACR
Key Osmotic Channel Protein Identified
Key Osmotic Channel Protein Identified
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Apr 10, 2014
A little-studied protein appears to be a critical part of the perplexing channel that prevents cells from bursting.
Amoeba Eats Cells Alive
Amoeba Eats Cells Alive
Ed Yong | Apr 9, 2014
The intestinal parasite Entamoeba histolytica kills host cells by tearing pieces from them, which it then eats.
Bridging Two Worlds
Bridging Two Worlds
Rachel Bernstein | Apr 4, 2014
Lynne Quarmby’s love of the natural world inspires her to explore beyond her cell biology lab through art.
Week in Review: March 31–April 4
Week in Review: March 31–April 4
Tracy Vence | Apr 4, 2014
Transcriptional landscape of the fetal brain; how a parasitic worm invades plants; difficulties reproducing “breakthrough” heart regeneration method; oxytocin and dishonesty
Misconduct Found in STAP Case
Misconduct Found in STAP Case
Jef Akst | Apr 2, 2014
An investigating committee at Japan’s RIKEN research center finds evidence of falsification and fabrication in two recent Nature papers that touted a new way to induce pluripotency.
Molecular Multitasker
Molecular Multitasker
Anna Azvolinsky | Apr 1, 2014
Scientists create a way to isolate mRNA from a single living cell within a tissue.
Going Long
Going Long
Abby Olena | Apr 1, 2014
Researchers discover a tool to trigger an uncommon strategy cancer cells can use to lengthen their telomeres.
Stem Cell Alter Egos
Stem Cell Alter Egos
Abby Olena | Apr 1, 2014
Researchers show that cancer stem cells can exist in two distinct and interconvertible states.