Predictions of Most Human Protein Structures Made Freely Available
Predictions of Most Human Protein Structures Made Freely Available
The AlphaFold program from AI firm DeepMind has amassed a huge database of protein structures from humans and model organisms.
Predictions of Most Human Protein Structures Made Freely Available
Predictions of Most Human Protein Structures Made Freely Available

The AlphaFold program from AI firm DeepMind has amassed a huge database of protein structures from humans and model organisms.

The AlphaFold program from AI firm DeepMind has amassed a huge database of protein structures from humans and model organisms.

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Sodas, Lemon Juice Cause False Positives in Rapid COVID-19 Tests
Sodas, Lemon Juice Cause False Positives in Rapid COVID-19 Tests
Christie Wilcox | Jul 12, 2021
Lateral flow tests for COVID-19 can be very accurate and specific when used as directed, but introducing acidic fluids can cause the tests’ detecting antibodies to clump, which may read as a positive result.
First Immortal Cell Line Cultured for Reef-Building Corals
First Immortal Cell Line Cultured for Reef-Building Corals
Amanda Heidt | Jul 1, 2021
Lab-grown cells from the reef-building coral Acropora tenuis provide new opportunities to study bleaching, symbioses, and biomineralization.
Infographic: How Scientists Are Creating Coral Cell Lines
Infographic: How Scientists Are Creating Coral Cell Lines
Amanda Heidt | Jul 1, 2021
Stable, long-term cell lines will enable scientists to study everything from coral bleaching to biomineralization, knowledge that may help protect corals from ongoing climate change.
Threads Embedded in Pads and Tampons Can Diagnose Yeast Infection
Threads Embedded in Pads and Tampons Can Diagnose Yeast Infection
Emma Yasinski | Jun 15, 2021
The material turns bright pink when it comes in contact with an enzyme produced by the fungus Candida albicans.
Nobel Laureate Richard Ernst Dies at 87
Nobel Laureate Richard Ernst Dies at 87
Lisa Winter | Jun 11, 2021
The chemist refined nuclear magnetic resonance technology, giving rise to the development of MRI.
Enter Our 2021 Top 10 Innovations Contest
Enter Our 2021 Top 10 Innovations Contest
The Scientist Staff | Jun 10, 2021
Submit your new product now to have a chance at being selected for a coveted spot in The Scientist’s 2021 competition.
What’s the Deal with Bacterial Nanotubes?
What’s the Deal with Bacterial Nanotubes?
Sruthi S. Balakrishnan | Jun 1, 2021
Several labs have reported the formation of bacterial nanotubes under different, often contrasting conditions. What are these structures and why are they so hard to reproduce?
Infographic: Sources of Variation in Bacterial Nanotube Studies
Infographic: Sources of Variation in Bacterial Nanotube Studies
Sruthi S. Balakrishnan | Jun 1, 2021
Differences in how researchers prepare and image samples can lead to discrepancies in their results.
Dogs: The New COVID-19 Rapid Test
Dogs: The New COVID-19 Rapid Test
Kerry Grens | May 24, 2021
Two studies this month point to pooches’ quick detection of SARS-CoV-2 on material that touched the skin of infected participants, although the pups’ accuracy does not match that of RT-PCR.
Coronavirus Mutations Could Muddle COVID-19 PCR Tests
Coronavirus Mutations Could Muddle COVID-19 PCR Tests
Jack J. Lee | May 17, 2021
Researchers find that SARS-CoV-2 variants can evade primer-probe sets and recommend that diagnostic assays include multiple targets for reliability.
Diabetes Testing Pioneer Helen Free Dies at 98
Diabetes Testing Pioneer Helen Free Dies at 98
Lisa Winter | May 5, 2021
Free’s dip-and-read urinalysis allowed diabetics to monitor glucose levels at home, rather than at a hospital.
Sewage Sampling Robots Speed SARS-CoV-2 Detection
Sewage Sampling Robots Speed SARS-CoV-2 Detection
Ruth Williams | May 1, 2021
An automated wastewater monitoring technique could enable researchers to predict outbreaks of the virus up to a week in advance.
Infographic: How to Ferret Out SARS-CoV-2 in Sewage
Infographic: How to Ferret Out SARS-CoV-2 in Sewage
Ruth Williams | May 1, 2021
Researchers use magnetic nanoparticles and liquid-handling robots in an effort to detect COVID-19 outbreaks early.
Pain Researcher Quits Academia, Takes Lab Home with Him
Pain Researcher Quits Academia, Takes Lab Home with Him
Jef Akst | May 1, 2021
After resigning from the University of New England last year, Geoffrey Bove continues to study the effects of massage on rats in a facility he set up in his house.
A Song of Spider Silk
A Song of Spider Silk
Lisa Winter | Apr 15, 2021
Scientists from MIT reveal the hidden music in spiderwebs.
New Report Dissects Ethics of Emerging Human Brain Cell Models
New Report Dissects Ethics of Emerging Human Brain Cell Models
Amanda Heidt | Apr 12, 2021
The National Academies’ report touches on ethical issues raised by new technologies such as brain organoids and human-animal chimeras, and suggests that current regulatory oversight is sufficient.
Environmental DNA Can Be Pulled from the Air
Environmental DNA Can Be Pulled from the Air
Amanda Heidt | Apr 7, 2021
A proof-of-concept study uses eDNA in the air to detect mammals, expanding the technique beyond aquatic sampling.
A Bright New Tool to Record Cellular Interactions
A Bright New Tool to Record Cellular Interactions
Lisa Winter | Apr 1, 2021
The G-baToN prototype transfers GFP between cells, illuminating cell-cell contacts.
Gene Exchange Among Gut Bacteria Is Linked to Industrialization
Gene Exchange Among Gut Bacteria Is Linked to Industrialization
Catherine Offord | Mar 31, 2021
A study of human populations around the world detects differing rates of horizontal gene transfer in the microbiome depending on what kind of society those people live in.