Slime mold colony with volcano-like spores
Cancer-like Slime Mold Growth Hints at Multicellularity’s Origins
The poorly understood Fonticula alba, a relative of fungi and animals, hunts bacteria with a mechanism that resembles cancer and fungal growth.
ABOVE: Marko Kaksonen
Cancer-like Slime Mold Growth Hints at Multicellularity’s Origins
Cancer-like Slime Mold Growth Hints at Multicellularity’s Origins

The poorly understood Fonticula alba, a relative of fungi and animals, hunts bacteria with a mechanism that resembles cancer and fungal growth.

The poorly understood Fonticula alba, a relative of fungi and animals, hunts bacteria with a mechanism that resembles cancer and fungal growth.

ABOVE: Marko Kaksonen

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Collage of images including sperm, bacteria, coral, and an illustration of a researcher
Our Favorite Cell and Molecular Biology Stories of 2021
Jef Akst | Dec 2, 2021
Beyond The Scientist’s coverage of COVID-19’s molecular underpinnings were many other stories highlighting the advances made in scientists’ understanding of the biology of cells.
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Experts Predict the Hottest Life Science Tech in 2021 and Beyond
Bob Grant | Feb 1, 2021
Last year’s Top 10 Innovations judges look into their crystal balls.
MULTI-seq: Single-Cell Genomic Sample Multiplexing Using Lipid-Tagged Indices
MULTI-seq: Single-Cell Genomic Sample Multiplexing Using Lipid-Tagged Indices
The Scientist Creative Services Team | May 9, 2022
In this webinar, Chris McGinnis and Jennifer Silverman discuss how MULTI-seq offers improved sample throughput and data quality.
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The Advances that Will Shape Life Sciences in the 2020s
Emma Yasinski | Jan 3, 2020
Systems biologist Steven Wiley says advancements in two areas—single-cell biology and CRISPR—are poised to transform research.  
Hydra single-cell sequencing gene expression
Image of the Day: Expressive Hydra
Nicoletta Lanese | Jul 26, 2019
Researchers track which genes are active in the polyp during successive cell states.
Stem Cells in Human Teeth Follow the Rules of Their Environment
Roni Dengler, PhD | Feb 7, 2022
How stem cells in human teeth respond to different environmental conditions offers clues for regenerative medicine.
Revealed: New Cortical Neuron Types
Ashley P. Taylor | Oct 31, 2018
A pair of mouse studies describes neuronal subpopulations not identified before and some of their functions.
Here Comes Single-Cell Optogenetics
Ruth Williams | Mar 1, 2018
A new protein may allow researchers to home in on individual neurons, determining their activity minute by minute.
The Inside Scoop on Successful ATAC-seq Experiments
Technique Talk: The Inside Scoop on Successful ATAC-seq Experiments
The Scientist Creative Services Team | Jan 17, 2022
Discover how to best map a cell’s epigenetic landscape
Image of the Day: Itty Bitty Cell Sucker
The Scientist Staff | Jul 21, 2017
With a diameter smaller than 100 nanometers, this nanopipette’s indiscernible tip is tiny enough to suck up minute contents of a single cell. 
Image of the Day: Sharp Shooters
The Scientist Staff | Apr 3, 2017
Single-celled dinoflagellates (Polykrikos) use harpoon-like organelles to hunt and capture prey.
The Influence of Rare Cells in the Nervous System
The Influence of Rare Cells in the Nervous System
The Scientist Creative Services Team | Jan 6, 2022
Sebastian Lewandowski and Philip Hasel will discuss using single-cell techniques to understand the role of rare cell subtypes in neuroinflammation and neurodegeneration.
Gene Expression in a Drop
Ruth Williams | Aug 1, 2015
Tens of thousands of individual cells can have their transcriptomes analyzed simultaneously thanks to two new techniques.