top 10 innovations, culture, cell & molecular biology
Gene Silencing Is Golden
Gene Silencing Is Golden
Carina Storrs | Aug 1, 2013
A beginner’s how-to on RNAi screening in mammalian cells
Cellular Pegs-in-Holes
Cellular Pegs-in-Holes
Ruth Williams | Aug 1, 2013
Cell-containing hydrogel shapes fit into a template to create an artificial tissue environment.
Remaking Nature
Remaking Nature
Kent H. Redford | Aug 1, 2013
Synthetic biologists need to work together with conservationists to understand the environmental consequences of this new technology.
Smoke Detectors
Smoke Detectors
Kate Yandell | Aug 1, 2013
Ancient receptors in seeds bind a small molecule in smoke that promotes germination.
Speaking of Science
Speaking of Science
The Scientist Staff | Aug 1, 2013
August 2013's selection of notable quotes
Week in Review, July 22–26
Week in Review, July 22–26
Jef Akst | Jul 26, 2013
Faux stem cells; X chromosome involved in sperm production; rewarding peer review; clues to flatworm regeneration; an ethereal glow signals death
A Wild Stem Cell Chase
A Wild Stem Cell Chase
Signe Cane | Jul 24, 2013
A rigorous new study provides strong evidence that very small embryonic-like stem cells hypothesized to be found in mice and humans do not exist.
Dying Worms Emit Ethereal Glow
Dying Worms Emit Ethereal Glow
Ruth Williams | Jul 24, 2013
A head-to-tail wave of blue fluorescence signals the death of a nematode worm.
A Fly on the Wall
A Fly on the Wall
Dan Cossins | Jul 19, 2013
A geneticist-turned-filmmaker is making a movie set in Columbia University’s famous Fly Room, where the foundations for modern genetics were laid.
Gene Therapy Coming of Age?
Gene Therapy Coming of Age?
Dan Cossins | Jul 11, 2013
Using lentiviral vectors to replace mutated genes in blood stem cells, scientists successfully treat two rare diseases apparently without causing harmful side effects.