Image of an abstract fractal blue and green sea shell.
Cell Chirality Offers Clues to the Mystery of Body Asymmetry
Researchers explore the idea that molecular patterns in individual cells could underlie the development of a left and a right in animals.
Cell Chirality Offers Clues to the Mystery of Body Asymmetry
Cell Chirality Offers Clues to the Mystery of Body Asymmetry

Researchers explore the idea that molecular patterns in individual cells could underlie the development of a left and a right in animals.

Researchers explore the idea that molecular patterns in individual cells could underlie the development of a left and a right in animals.

microtubules
Illustration of fibers in a cell twisting
Infographic: The Emergence of Chirality in the Cell Cytoskeleton
Catherine Offord | Feb 1, 2022
Researchers use imaging to show how actin fibers tilt and then swirl to create left-right asymmetry in the cell.
Image of the Day: Worm Rocket
Emily Makowski | Dec 6, 2019
See the winners of the American Society for Cell Biology’s fluorescence imaging competition.
Image of the Day: Actin Assembly
Emily Makowski | Sep 17, 2019
Microtubules need actin to disassemble focal adhesions, allowing for cell movement.
Image of the Day: Rainbotubules
The Scientist Staff and The Scientist Staff | Apr 26, 2018
By combining two microscopy techniques, researchers produce images of structures less than 10 nanometers wide.
Studies Yield Clues to Roots of Gulf War Illness
Shawna Williams | Nov 12, 2017
Presentations at the Society for Neuroscience meeting point to changes in neurons and connectivity between brain regions as potential components of the enigmatic condition.
Image of the Day: Lysosomes Go Traveling
The Scientist Staff | Aug 8, 2017
To chew up waste in far-reaching dendritic spines, lysosomes are trafficked sometimes hundreds of microns away from the cell bodies of neurons in rats. 
Sophie Dumont: Forces at Play
Kerry Grens | May 1, 2014
Assistant Professor, Department of Cell & Tissue Biology, University of California, San Francisco. Age: 38
Enzyme Checks Neuronal Growth
Kerry Grens | Dec 17, 2013
A microtubule-severing enzyme curbs the regeneration of damaged nerve cells.
Motor Lock
Edyta Zielinska | Jan 1, 2012
Editor’s choice in structural biology
The Ninefold Ring
Richard P. Grant | Jul 1, 2011
Editor’s Choice in Structural Biology
Watt Fun!
Karen Hopkin | Jan 1, 2011
Her doctoral advisor told her to amuse herself, and Fiona Watt has done just that—probing individual stem cells and determining the genes and molecules that direct them to differentiate or cause them to contribute to cancer.