Coral in shallow beach branching upward with blue fish in front
Corals Upend Longstanding Idea About Genetic Inheritance
Most animals can’t pass on mutations that arise spontaneously throughout their lives—but Elkhorn corals can.
Corals Upend Longstanding Idea About Genetic Inheritance
Corals Upend Longstanding Idea About Genetic Inheritance

Most animals can’t pass on mutations that arise spontaneously throughout their lives—but Elkhorn corals can.

Most animals can’t pass on mutations that arise spontaneously throughout their lives—but Elkhorn corals can.

stem cells
microscope image series showing synthetic embryo development
Mouse Embryo: No Sperm, Egg, or Uterus Required
Christie Wilcox | Aug 2, 2022
Using stem cells and a bioreactor, researchers generated living embryos that survived for more than a week and began to develop internal organs.
Trichaptum abietinum growing on a pine log
Caught on Camera
The Scientist Staff | Jun 13, 2022
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A Brief History of Stem Cells
Scientific Breakthroughs with Stem Cells
Nele Haelterman, PhD
Discover the various ways scientists bolster stem cells to understand and cure disease.
An underwater photo of the solitary tunicate Polycarpa mytiligera growing on a coral in the Red Sea
When Severed, This Solitary Tunicate Regrows as Three New Animals
Amanda Heidt | May 13, 2021
While regeneration has long been the domain of colonial tunicates, a solitary species of sea squirt was able to regenerate into multiple, fully functional individuals within a month of being cut up.
Human-Monkey Chimeras Shed Light on Development
Abby Olena | Apr 15, 2021
Human stem cells injected into early monkey embryos proliferate and contribute to multiple cell lineages over 20 days of embryonic development.
Mini organs in a dish
Brush Up: What Are Organoids and How Are They Made?
Jennifer Zieba, PhD
Miniaturized, in vitro versions of organs provide insights into disease and development.
Questions Raised About Widely Used Blood-Brain Barrier Model
Catherine Offord | Feb 16, 2021
A study has sparked controversy by suggesting that cells made using a popular lab protocol have been misidentified, with potentially serious repercussions for brain research. Critics say the significance of the findings has been overstated.
a mockup of an at-home COVID-19 test in development
Top Technical Advances of 2020
Shawna Williams | Dec 18, 2020
The pandemic spurred innovation in a variety of ways, from CRISPR-based diagnostics to cell biology benchwork at home.
Peripheral blood mononuclear cells surrounded by red blood cells in circulating blood.
Accelerating Immune Research with Cryopreserved Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells
The Scientist Creative Services Team and MilliporeSigma
Commerically-available peripheral blood mononuclear cells offer a well-characterized, accessible, and consistent model for immunology and therapeutic development.
Image of the Day: Stomach Stem Cells
Amy Schleunes | Feb 13, 2020
A mouse model demonstrates that mutations in stomach stem cells can drive gastric cancer growth.
snake venom stem cells
Snake Venom Gland Organoids Produce Functional Toxins
Amy Schleunes | Jan 24, 2020
Stem cells from nine snake species respond to tissue culturing techniques previously used only on mouse and human stem cells.
Muscle immobilization leads to atrophy
Antioxidants Put the Pep Back in One’s Step
Niki Spahich, PhD
Delivering antioxidants via extracellular vesicles to atrophied muscles restores them during rehabilitation.
Sergiu Pasca Builds Brains to Study Developmental Disease
Emily Makowski | Dec 1, 2019
The Stanford University professor helped develop a technique to grow brain organoids from induced pluripotent stem cells.
Infographic: Light in the Dark
Nicoletta Lanese | Oct 1, 2019
A new tool helps stem cells integrate with host neural circuitry after implantation in mice.
Harnessing Stem Cells to Treat Disease
Harnessing Stem Cells to Treat Disease
The Scientist Creative Services Team
In this webinar, Kim Vanuytsel and Ryan Flannigan will discuss cutting-edge technologies for improving stem cell-based therapies.
Human Cortical Organoids Model Neuronal Networks
Abby Olena | Aug 29, 2019
After growing in culture for a few months, the mini-brains produced rhythmic neural activity that strengthened over time.
Survey of Stem Cell Clinics Reveals Cause for Concern
Jef Akst | Aug 1, 2019
Two coauthors of a new study discuss their findings about nearly 170 facilities in the southwestern US selling unproven therapies—and what should be done about them.
Female reproductive System Anatomy stock photo
Cells in the Ovary are Responsive Shape-Shifters
Roni Dengler, PhD
Rounds of trial-and-error exploring the layer of cells covering the ovary leave open questions about stem cells that are associated with ovarian cancer.
type 1 diabetes
Biotechs Race to Develop Stem Cell Treatments for Diabetes
Eric Bender | Jul 15, 2019
Insulin-producing cells grown in the lab could offer a functional cure for the disease.