prison, microbiology, cell & molecular biology
Stress Fractures
Stress Fractures
Daniel Cossins | Jan 1, 2015
Social adversity shapes humans’ immune systems—and probably their susceptibility to disease—by altering the expression of large groups of genes.
Measuring DNA with a Smartphone
Measuring DNA with a Smartphone
Jef Akst | Dec 23, 2014
A new microscope attachment can allow smartphone users to take a closer look at fluorescently labeled DNA.
Imagining a “World Without Microbes”
Imagining a “World Without Microbes”
Tracy Vence | Dec 18, 2014
Eradication of microbial disease likely accompanied by poor quality of life for remaining species
Reprogramming Redux
Reprogramming Redux
Anna Azvolinsky | Dec 18, 2014
Can mechanical forces alone be manipulated to create stem-like cells?
Microbes Could Help Solve Sex Crimes
Microbes Could Help Solve Sex Crimes
Kerry Grens | Dec 17, 2014
Microbial species found in pubic hair samples could help track down criminals.
Honeybee Compound for Hair Loss?
Honeybee Compound for Hair Loss?
Jef Akst | Dec 11, 2014
Propolis, a natural product used by honeybees to repair their hives, stimulates hair growth in shaved mice.
Enzyme Design
Enzyme Design
Jef Akst | Dec 3, 2014
Researchers create synthetic enzymes in the lab, encoded by artificial genetic material.
Gene Jumped to All Three Domains of Life
Gene Jumped to All Three Domains of Life
Kerry Grens | Dec 1, 2014
By horizontal gene transfer, an antibacterial gene family has dispersed to a plant, an insect, several fungi, and an archaeon.
Microflora for Hire
Microflora for Hire
Molly Sharlach | Dec 1, 2014
The guts of cows and termites harbor microbes that are renowned complex-carbohydrate digesters, but the human gastrointestinal tract has flora that just might measure up.
Bespoke Cell Jackets
Bespoke Cell Jackets
Ruth Williams | Dec 1, 2014
Scientists make hydrogel coats for individual cells that can be tailored to specific research questions.