techniques
Metabolomics Data Under Scrutiny
Metabolomics Data Under Scrutiny
Ashley P. Taylor | Sep 15, 2017
Out of 25,000 features originally detected by metabolic profiling of E. coli, fewer than 1,000 represent unique metabolites, a study finds.
Ready, Set, Grow
Ready, Set, Grow
Amber Dance | Sep 1, 2017
How to culture stem cells without depending on mouse feeder cells
Quantitating Glycans for Biomarker Discovery
Quantitating Glycans for Biomarker Discovery
Amanda Keener | Aug 27, 2017
Techniques for comparing the relative abundances of glycans and glycoproteins in clinical samples
Custom-Made Molecules
Custom-Made Molecules
Ruth Williams | Aug 21, 2017
A new prototype machine can make the biological molecules of one’s choice from digital DNA sequences.
Chemogenetics Doesn’t Work Like Many Thought
Chemogenetics Doesn’t Work Like Many Thought
Kerry Grens | Aug 4, 2017
A study finds the so-called DREADD method of manipulating neurons using a drug called CNO actually works via clozapine.
Zebrafish Embryos Survive Deep Freeze and Quick Thaw
Zebrafish Embryos Survive Deep Freeze and Quick Thaw
Ashley Yeager | Jul 28, 2017
In a first, scientists reanimate the fish using embedded gold nanoparticles that heat up cells by absorbing laser light.
Technique Rapidly Generates Monoclonal Antibodies In Vitro
Technique Rapidly Generates Monoclonal Antibodies In Vitro
Josh P. Roberts | Jul 25, 2017
A new method stimulates B cells to make human antigen-specific antibodies, obviating the need for vaccinating blood donors or hunting for rare B cells.
Image of the Day: A Swell Idea
Image of the Day: A Swell Idea
The Scientist Staff | Jul 19, 2017
To improve the resolution of biological samples at the cellular level, researchers inflate tissues with “swellable polymers” so that they’re easier to see under the microscope.    
The Mechanobiology Garage
The Mechanobiology Garage
Andy Tay | Jul 17, 2017
New tools for investigating how physical forces affect cells
Mini-Metagenomics Leads to Microbial Discovery
Mini-Metagenomics Leads to Microbial Discovery
Abby Olena | Jul 14, 2017
Researchers develop a method that combines the strengths of shotgun metagenomics and single-cell genome sequencing in a microfluidics-based platform.