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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.

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microscope image series showing synthetic embryo development
Mouse Embryo: No Sperm, Egg, or Uterus Required
Christie Wilcox, PhD | Aug 2, 2022 | 3 min read
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 | 4 min read
See some of the coolest images recently featured by The Scientist
Key Strategies for Better Stem Cell Workflows
Solutions for Optimizing Stem Cell Therapy Development
Sartorius | 1 min read
Discover how process knowledge is integral to stem cell workflow improvement and optimization.
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 | 4 min read
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, PhD | Apr 15, 2021 | 3 min read
Human stem cells injected into early monkey embryos proliferate and contribute to multiple cell lineages over 20 days of embryonic development.
Discover how counterflow centrifugation streamlines cell therapy workflows
Closed Cell Processing Systems for Cell Therapy Workflows
Thermo Fisher Scientific | 1 min read
Closed systems increase cell therapy manufacturing process efficiency.
Questions Raised About Widely Used Blood-Brain Barrier Model
Catherine Offord | Feb 16, 2021 | 6 min read
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 | 3 min read
The pandemic spurred innovation in a variety of ways, from CRISPR-based diagnostics to cell biology benchwork at home.
 Learn how excessive oxygen availability during cell culture causes abnormal cell behavior 
What Oxygen Level Is Biologically Relevant For Cell Culture?
Thermo Fisher Scientific | 1 min read
Normoxic atmospheric conditions provide excessive oxygen availability, leading to abnormal cell behavior.
Image of the Day: Stomach Stem Cells
Amy Schleunes | Feb 13, 2020 | 1 min read
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 | 2 min read
Stem cells from nine snake species respond to tissue culturing techniques previously used only on mouse and human stem cells.
Science Philosophy in a Flash - Paul George 
Science Philosophy in a Flash - Wired to Regenerate
Iris Kulbatski, PhD | 1 min read
Paul George shares how a dual career as a physician and scientist enriches his research.
Sergiu Pasca Builds Brains to Study Developmental Disease
Emily Makowski | Dec 1, 2019 | 3 min read
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 | 1 min read
A new tool helps stem cells integrate with host neural circuitry after implantation in mice.
Learn about innovations in tissue regeneration 
Stem Cell Engineering for Tissue Regeneration
The Scientist’s Creative Services Team | 1 min read
Innovative strategies drive stem cell repair of organ damage.
Human Cortical Organoids Model Neuronal Networks
Abby Olena, PhD | Aug 29, 2019 | 4 min read
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 | 4 min read
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.
A Brief History of Stem Cells
Scientific Breakthroughs with Stem Cells
Nele Haelterman, PhD | 1 min read
Discover the various ways scientists bolster stem cells to understand and cure disease.
type 1 diabetes
Biotechs Race to Develop Stem Cell Treatments for Diabetes
Eric Bender | Jul 15, 2019 | 8 min read
Insulin-producing cells grown in the lab could offer a functional cure for the disease.
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