viruses, cell & molecular biology, genetics & genomics
Pushing Boundaries
Pushing Boundaries
Anna Azvolinsky | Dec 1, 2016
Applying physics, chemistry, and cell biology, Satyajit Mayor seeks to understand how cell membranes work.
Opinion: Not All Genetic Databases Are Equal
Opinion: Not All Genetic Databases Are Equal
Charles M. Strom | Dec 1, 2016
Sorting out which data sets are clinical-grade is key to helping patients.
Doors and Pores
Doors and Pores
Mary Beth Aberlin | Dec 1, 2016
The awesome architecture of the gateways to the nucleus
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Top 10 Innovations 2016
The Scientist Staff | Dec 1, 2016
This year’s list of winners celebrates both large leaps and small (but important) steps in life science technology.
Nuclear Pores Come into Sharper Focus
Nuclear Pores Come into Sharper Focus
Andr├ę Hoelz, Daniel H. Lin | Dec 1, 2016
Solving a long-standing structural puzzle will open the door to understanding one of the cell’s most enigmatic machines.
The Pangenome: Are Single Reference Genomes Dead?
The Pangenome: Are Single Reference Genomes Dead?
Catherine Offord | Dec 1, 2016
Researchers are abandoning the concept of a list of genes sequenced from a single individual, instead aiming for a way to describe all the genetic variation within a species.
Infographic: Partitioning the Genome
Infographic: Partitioning the Genome
Catherine Offord | Nov 30, 2016
To make sense of the genetic variation within species, researchers are turning to the concept of the pangenome.
Video: Cells, Skin Deep
Video: Cells, Skin Deep
The Scientist Staff | Nov 30, 2016
Profilee Satyajit Mayor discusses his explorations of cell membranes, which are helping to update the classical fluid mosaic model of dynamic cellular boundaries.
Infographic: How to Build a Synthetic Sensor
Infographic: How to Build a Synthetic Sensor
Ruth Williams | Nov 30, 2016
Scientists designed a genetic sensor-and-readout system, based on detecting a transcription factor, that performs a custom cellular activity.
Next Generation: Super-Fast Tracking of Single Molecules
Next Generation: Super-Fast Tracking of Single Molecules
Ruth Williams | Nov 23, 2016
A clever twist on a super-resolution microscopy technique improves the temporal resolution of single-molecule tracking.