What Does It Look Like to “Turn On” a Gene?
What Does It Look Like to “Turn On” a Gene?
Only recently have scientists directly witnessed this most pivotal of events in biology, thanks to new technology that allows them to observe the process in living cells. It’s teaching them a lot.
What Does It Look Like to “Turn On” a Gene?
What Does It Look Like to “Turn On” a Gene?

Only recently have scientists directly witnessed this most pivotal of events in biology, thanks to new technology that allows them to observe the process in living cells. It’s teaching them a lot.

Only recently have scientists directly witnessed this most pivotal of events in biology, thanks to new technology that allows them to observe the process in living cells. It’s teaching them a lot.

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Image of the Day: More Ribosomes
Image of the Day: More Ribosomes
Chia-Yi Hou | May 10, 2019
An increased production of ribosomes may underlie cell migration and relate to cancer metastasis, according to a new study.
Ribosomal DNA Can Predict an Animal’s Age
Ribosomal DNA Can Predict an Animal’s Age
Abby Olena | Feb 14, 2019
A clock constructed of rDNA methylation sites can estimate both chronological and biological age across species.
Those We Lost in 2018
Those We Lost in 2018
Ashley Yeager | Dec 26, 2018
The scientific community said goodbye to a number of leading researchers this year.
A Nobel Pursuit
A Nobel Pursuit
The Scientist Staff | Dec 10, 2018
Watch as Nobel laureate Venki Ramakrishnan, who wrote the December Reading Frames essay, discusses Brexit and the importance of sharing scientific insights with the public.
Racing for the Ribosome
Racing for the Ribosome
Venki Ramakrishnan | Dec 1, 2018
Nobel laureate Venki Ramakrishnan’s new book recounts the tale of researchers striving to understand an ancient molecular machine that is essential for all life.
Thomas Steitz, Biologist and X-Ray Crystallographer, Dies
Thomas Steitz, Biologist and X-Ray Crystallographer, Dies
Ashley P. Taylor | Oct 11, 2018
Steitz determined the atomic structure of the ribosome, work for which he won the 2009 Nobel Prize in chemistry.
How Bacteria in Flies Kill Parasitic Wasps
How Bacteria in Flies Kill Parasitic Wasps
Shawna Williams | Jul 10, 2017
Ribosome-inactivating proteins from symbiotic bacteria leave their hosts unharmed.
Study: Ribosomes are Functionally Diverse
Study: Ribosomes are Functionally Diverse
Diana Kwon | Jun 22, 2017
New research suggests that the cells’ protein factories have preferences for specific messenger RNAs they translate. 
Ribosomal DNA Copy Numbers Decrease in Some Cancers
Ribosomal DNA Copy Numbers Decrease in Some Cancers
Abby Olena | Jun 22, 2017
An analysis of human cancer genome projects uncovers a counterintuitive loss of ribosomal gene copies.