rare diseases, cell & molecular biology, developmental biology
Getting Back in Shape
Getting Back in Shape
Karen Zusi | Dec 1, 2015
Contrary to years of research suggesting otherwise, most aggregated proteins regain their shape and functionality following heat shock.
The Cyclopes of Idaho, 1950s
The Cyclopes of Idaho, 1950s
Karen Zusi | Dec 1, 2015
A rash of deformed lambs eventually led to the creation of a cancer-fighting agent.
Modern Rehab
Modern Rehab
The Scientist Staff | Dec 1, 2015
See the soldier whose recovery from a debilitating muscle injury was greatly aided by a cellular therapy plus physical therapy.
Cellular Rehab
Cellular Rehab
Elie Dolgin | Dec 1, 2015
Physical therapy and exercise are critical to the success of cell therapies approaching the clinic.
BRCA1 Linked to Alzheimer’s
BRCA1 Linked to Alzheimer’s
Jef Akst | Nov 30, 2015
The cancer-related protein BRCA1 is important for learning and memory in mice and is depleted in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients, according to a study.
Cortical Census
Cortical Census
Ruth Williams | Nov 26, 2015
Scientists document the characteristics and connections of mouse neocortical neurons to establish the most detailed microcircuit map to date.
Wiping Out Gut Bugs Stops Obesity
Wiping Out Gut Bugs Stops Obesity
Kerry Grens | Nov 16, 2015
In mice lacking intestinal microbiota, white fat turns brown and obesity is prevented.
Another Telomere-Regulating Enzyme Found
Another Telomere-Regulating Enzyme Found
Jef Akst | Nov 12, 2015
Researchers identify a novel protein that helps maintain the length of chromosome-capping telomeres. 
Blood-Gut Barrier
Blood-Gut Barrier
Ruth Williams | Nov 12, 2015
Scientists identify a barrier in mice between the intestine and its blood supply, and suggest how Salmonella sneaks through it.
Blood Cell Development Reimagined
Blood Cell Development Reimagined
Bob Grant | Nov 9, 2015
A new study is rewriting 50 years of biological dogma by suggesting that mature blood cells develop much more rapidly from stem cells than previously thought.