stem cells, microbiology
Most Gut Microbes Can Be Cultured
Most Gut Microbes Can Be Cultured
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | May 4, 2016
Contrary to the popular thought that many species are “unculturable,” the majority of bacteria known to populate the human gut can be grown in the lab, scientists show.
Earth: Home to 1 Trillion Microbial Species
Earth: Home to 1 Trillion Microbial Species
Catherine Offord | May 4, 2016
A new analysis of microbial data estimates that the world is home to 1 trillion species—of which only 0.001 percent have been discovered.
Cell Reprogramming Successes
Cell Reprogramming Successes
Catherine Offord | May 2, 2016
Two studies demonstrate the first direct, chemical reprogramming of mouse and human skin cells into heart muscle and neural cells.
Becoming Acculturated
Becoming Acculturated
Jeffrey M. Perkel | May 1, 2016
Techniques for deep dives into the microbial dark matter
More Than Skin Deep
More Than Skin Deep
Anna Azvolinsky | May 1, 2016
Elaine Fuchs has worked on adult stem cells since before they were so named, figuring out how multipotent epidermal cells renew or turn into skin or hair follicles.
Skin Cells Turned Into Immature Sperm
Skin Cells Turned Into Immature Sperm
Tanya Lewis | Apr 29, 2016
The reprogrammed germ-like cells were unable to fertilize eggs, however. 
Microbial Ice-Makers
Microbial Ice-Makers
Jef Akst | Apr 26, 2016
How one bacterium turns water into ice at nonfreezing temperatures
Stem Cells for Personalized Pain Therapy Testing
Stem Cells for Personalized Pain Therapy Testing
Anna Azvolinsky | Apr 21, 2016
Using patient-derived stem cells, researchers create laboratory neuron models that reflect a patient’s response to a pain drug.
Monitoring Mitochondrial Mutations
Monitoring Mitochondrial Mutations
Catherine Offord | Apr 18, 2016
Induced pluripotent stem cells—particularly those generated from older patients—should be screened for defects in mitochondrial DNA, a study shows.
Branching Out
Branching Out
Ashley P. Taylor | Apr 11, 2016
Researchers create a new tree of life, largely composed of mystery bacteria.