top 10 innovations 2012, cell & molecular biology, genetics & genomics
Mysterious Eukaryote Missing Mitochondria
Mysterious Eukaryote Missing Mitochondria
Anna Azvolinsky | May 12, 2016
Researchers uncover the first example of a eukaryotic organism that lacks the organelles.
Genetics of Educational Attainment?
Genetics of Educational Attainment?
Jef Akst | May 12, 2016
In a study of nearly 300,000 people, researchers identify 74 gene variants that are linked with how long subjects stayed in school.
Embryo Watch
Embryo Watch
Jef Akst | May 5, 2016
A new culture system allows researchers to track the development of human embryos in vitro for nearly two weeks.
Observing the Nuclear Pore
Observing the Nuclear Pore
Tanya Lewis | May 2, 2016
Scientists visualize nuclear pore complexes for the first time, using high-speed atomic force microscopy.
Sensors for All
Sensors for All
Ruth Williams | May 1, 2016
A versatile modular strategy for detecting small molecules in eukaryotes
Instant Messaging
Instant Messaging
Catherine Offord | May 1, 2016
An alternative route to sparking cell signals involves hook-ups between transmembrane and soluble ligands.
Sense and Sensibility
Sense and Sensibility
Ruth Williams | May 1, 2016
Tailored combinations of a reporter and a ligand-binding domain allow for sensing just about any molecule of interest.
Feeling Around in the Dark
Feeling Around in the Dark
Catherine Offord | May 1, 2016
Scientists work to unlock the genetic secrets of a population of fruit flies kept in total darkness for more than six decades.
Picturing Inheritance, 1916
Picturing Inheritance, 1916
Amanda B. Keener | May 1, 2016
This year marks the centennial of Calvin Bridges’s description of nondisjunction as proof that chromosomes are vehicles for inheritance.
Scaling to Singles
Scaling to Singles
Kelly Rae Chi | May 1, 2016
Tips for tracing transcription in individual cells