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Cellular Cuisine: Phages on the Menu
Mammalian cells outpace bacteriophages in the microbial food chain by devouring phages to fuel their growth.
Cellular Cuisine: Phages on the Menu
Cellular Cuisine: Phages on the Menu

Mammalian cells outpace bacteriophages in the microbial food chain by devouring phages to fuel their growth.

Mammalian cells outpace bacteriophages in the microbial food chain by devouring phages to fuel their growth.

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Building Nerf Gun Blasters from DNA Bricks
Laura Tran, PhD | Jan 11, 2024 | 3 min read
Researchers ingeniously repurposed DNA to assemble a miniaturized blaster at the molecular level.
Green and red fluorescent proteins in a zebrafish outline the animal’s vasculature in red and lymphatic system in green in a fluorescent image. Where the two overlap along the bottom of the animal is yellow.
Serendipity, Happenstance, and Luck: The Making of a Molecular Tool
Shelby Bradford, PhD | Dec 4, 2023 | 10+ min read
The common fluorescent marker GFP traveled a long road to take its popular place in molecular biology today.
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Important Players for a Successful PCR
The Scientist and MilliporeSigma | 1 min read
Learn about other PCR components—beyond the polymerase—that are essential for optimal results.
Glass laboratory flasks filled with bright green liquid arranged into a Christmas tree using a clamp stand.
The Christmas Mix-up
Danielle Gerhard, PhD | Dec 1, 2023 | 2 min read
In a rush to wrap up an experiment before the holidays, a slip of the hand almost ruined the festive mood for Cleo Parisi.
a round water flea is illustrated in black and white on a striated background
Environmental RNA Reveals Heat Stress in Water Fleas
Katherine Irving | Dec 2, 2022 | 5 min read
The eRNA detection method could one day be used to catch early warning signs of distress in wild ecosystems. 
Improve qPCR Efficiency and Reproducibility
The Components of Effective qPCR
Bio-Rad | 1 min read
Putting the pieces together for molecular diagnostics and infectious disease research
3D representation of a DNA helix and with a base offset from the main helix, illustrating the concept of base editing.
A CRISPR Alternative for Correcting Mutations That Sensitize Cells to DNA Damage
Deanna MacNeil, PhD | Oct 10, 2022 | 3 min read
Researchers turned to base editors to correct mutations causing the rare genetic disease Fanconi anemia without inducing double-strand DNA breaks.
Two agar plates superimposed on each other. One is empty while the other is growing multiple different cultured organisms, colored white, beige, and green.
Most Archaea and Bacteria Are Nameless. SeqCode Could Change That
Dan Robitzski | Sep 27, 2022 | 8 min read
The Scientist spoke with microbiologist William Whitman about a new system of nomenclature for prokaryotic organisms that can’t be cultured.
A Spotlight on Cancer Cell Metabolism
A Spotlight on Cancer Cell Metabolism
The Scientist | 1 min read
In this webinar, Elena Piskounova and Christina Towers discuss the implications of metabolic changes in cancer cells for therapeutic development and efficacy. 
3D rendering of a scanning electron micrograph of pink malignant cancer cells against a black background
Cancers Ramp Up Overall mRNA Expression as They Progress
Dan Robitzski | Jun 14, 2022 | 4 min read
A technique for quantifying tumor mRNA production from messy tissue sample data uncovers an unexpected correlation between it and disease stage in 15 cancer types.
An illustration showing a scale weighing two double-stranded pieces of DNA that has a big question mark in the center.
Mouse Foraging Behavior Shaped by Opposite-Sex Parent’s Genes
Dan Robitzski | Apr 12, 2022 | 7 min read
A study in mice finds that for certain genes, one parent’s allele can dominate expression and shape behavior—and which parent’s allele does so varies throughout the body.
The Fundamentals of Spectral Flow Cytometry
The Fundamentals of Spectral Flow Cytometry
The Scientist | 1 min read
In this webinar, Mirko Corselli discusses the similarities, differences, and advantages of spectral flow cytometry compared to conventional flow.
Deborah Nickerson
Genome Pioneer Deborah Nickerson Dies at 67
Amanda Heidt | Feb 9, 2022 | 3 min read
The University of Washington researcher leveraged data from the Human Genome Project to identify genes underlying various health conditions and advance precision medicine.
Donald Caspar smiling into camera holding a buckyball model
Legendary Crystallographer Donald Caspar Dies At 94
Lisa Winter | Jan 7, 2022 | 2 min read
He coined the term “structural biology.”
The fight against time
The Scientist Speaks - The Fight Against Time: Stem Cells and Healthy Aging 
The Scientist | 2 min read
Tricking the body into mimicking a fasting state may hold the key to fighting age-related cognitive decline. 
A notecard with outdated names of prokaryotic phyla crossed out and replaced with the newer names.
Newly Renamed Prokaryote Phyla Cause Uproar
Dan Robitzski | Jan 4, 2022 | 10+ min read
The International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes recently pulled the rank of phylum into its code of official nomenclature. Experts say the move will help standardize science in the long run but potentially disrupt research now.
An illustration of a yeast cell (right) and a human neuron (left) showing the processes/features that are similar in the two
Infographic: Modeling Neurodegenerative Diseases with Yeast
Mahlon Collins | Oct 1, 2021 | 3 min read
Conservation of structures and functions between single-celled fungi and human cells allow researchers to probe the brain.
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Cooking up the Perfect PCR Reaction
MilliporeSigma | 1 min read
Discover how to obtain optimal PCR results by selecting the right DNA polymerase and optimizing the reaction buffer.
Scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the unicellular yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, known as Baker's or Brewer's yeast.
Yeast Models Provide New Insights into Neurodegenerative Diseases
Mahlon Collins | Oct 1, 2021 | 10+ min read
The single-celled fungus allows researchers to study Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS and other brain diseases with unparalleled speed and scale.
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