venom, cell & molecular biology
Stem Cells to Blame for Hair Loss?
Stem Cells to Blame for Hair Loss?
Jef Akst | Feb 8, 2016
Two new studies point to factors in hair follicle stem cells as players in age-related hair loss.
Aging Shrinks Chromosomes
Aging Shrinks Chromosomes
Ruth Williams | Feb 5, 2016
A study on human cells reveals how cellular aging affects the 3-D architecture of chromosomes.
Mysterious Mechanisms of Cardiac Cell Therapy
Mysterious Mechanisms of Cardiac Cell Therapy
Kerry Grens | Feb 4, 2016
Injections of progenitor cells into damaged rat hearts may improve function, but not because the implants themselves are creating new muscle.
Plant Immunity
Plant Immunity
Amanda B. Keener | Feb 1, 2016
How plants fight off pathogens
Holding Their Ground
Holding Their Ground
Amanda B. Keener | Feb 1, 2016
To protect the global food supply, scientists want to understand—and enhance—plants’ natural resistance to pathogens.
Schizophrenia and the Synapse
Schizophrenia and the Synapse
Ruth Williams | Jan 27, 2016
Genetic evidence suggests that overactive synaptic pruning drives development of schizophrenia.
Another Role for ApoE?
Another Role for ApoE?
Ashley P. Taylor | Jan 20, 2016
Key Alzheimer’s disease–related protein may be a transcriptional regulator.
How Multicellularity Arose
How Multicellularity Arose
Jef Akst | Jan 11, 2016
Researchers identify a molecule that may have been key to the surprisingly common transition from single-celled ancestors to today’s complex, multicellular organisms. 
Molecular Fingerprint Predicts Flu Shot Response
Molecular Fingerprint Predicts Flu Shot Response
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jan 4, 2016
A gene-expression signature correlates with a person’s likelihood of experiencing adverse events after receiving a seasonal flu vaccine, scientists show. 
Master Folder
Master Folder
The Scientist Staff | Jan 1, 2016
Meet Susan Lindquist, the MIT biologist who has won numerous accolades for her research on protein folding.