microscope, cell & molecular biology
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.
Elusive Receptor ID’d
Elusive Receptor ID’d
Kerry Grens | Apr 1, 2014
Scientists identify an extracellular ATP receptor in plants.
Maria Spies: Molecular Machinist
Maria Spies: Molecular Machinist
Abby Olena | Apr 1, 2014
Associate Professor, Biochemistry, University of Iowa, Age: 40
Cysteine Aids Mice with Huntington’s
Cysteine Aids Mice with Huntington’s
Kerry Grens | Mar 31, 2014
Rodent models of Huntington’s disease show dysfunctional cysteine production, and adding the amino acid to their diets seems to relieve symptoms.  
STAP Confusion Abounds
STAP Confusion Abounds
Jef Akst | Mar 31, 2014
Stem cells supposedly derived by the new method of stimulus-induced acquisition of pluripotency may have come from mouse strains other than those claimed.
Goat Pheromone Double Whammy
Goat Pheromone Double Whammy
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Mar 3, 2014
A single molecule emitted by male goats may influence female goat physiology and behavior.
Exosome Tentacles
Exosome Tentacles
Kerry Grens | Mar 1, 2014
Unlike the usual smooth, spherical shape of exosomes, glioblastoma-derived exosomes appear to have long nanofilaments protruding from their surfaces.
Tension Tracker
Tension Tracker
Anna Azvolinsky | Mar 1, 2014
For the first time, researchers quantify the mechanical forces cells exert on one another.
A Twist of Fate
A Twist of Fate
Jonathan Slack | Mar 1, 2014
Once believed to be irrevocably differentiated, mature cells are now proving to be flexible, able to switch identities with relatively simple manipulation.
Making New Spinal Neurons
Making New Spinal Neurons
Ed Yong | Feb 25, 2014
With a single gene, scientists reprogram supporting cells in the spines of living mice into new neurons.