protein engineering, cell & molecular biology
Mitochondrial Enzyme Detailed
Mitochondrial Enzyme Detailed
Jef Akst | Jan 9, 2015
Researchers reveal clues regarding how an ancient mitochondrial enzyme helps maintain healthy cells across the tree of life.
Grab ’n’ Glow
Grab ’n’ Glow
Ruth Williams | Jan 1, 2015
Engineered proteins can tether multiple fluorescent molecules to give a brighter signal—and that’s not all.
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.
Reprogramming Redux
Reprogramming Redux
Anna Azvolinsky | Dec 18, 2014
Can mechanical forces alone be manipulated to create stem-like cells?
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.
A Cellar’s Cellular Treasure, 1992
A Cellar’s Cellular Treasure, 1992
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Dec 1, 2014
A spring cleaning led to the rediscovery of Theodor Boveri’s microscope slides, presumed lost during World War II.
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.
New Piece of a Mysterious Channel
New Piece of a Mysterious Channel
Kerry Grens | Nov 25, 2014
Researchers have nailed down yet another component of the mechanotransduction complex responsible for relaying signals from hair cells in the ear.
Mapping the Human Proteome
Mapping the Human Proteome
Jef Akst | Nov 10, 2014
A comprehensive map of human proteins throughout the body identifies the testes as home to the most unique blend of gene products.