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How to Write Science for a General Audience
Nathan Ni, PhD | Jul 8, 2024 | 4 min read
Writing for a non-scientific audience uses many of the same skills as writing for other scientists, but uses a bit more of an author’s personal flair.
A clear SDS-PAGE gel that contains multiple colored bands. 
Western Blot Protocol, Troubleshooting, and Applications
Rebecca Roberts, PhD | Jul 3, 2024 | 7 min read
Western blotting allows scientists to identify specific proteins in complex biological samples and determine relative abundance of a protein target.
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How to Present a Research Study’s Limitations
Nathan Ni, PhD | Jun 18, 2024 | 4 min read
All studies have imperfections, but how to present them without diminishing the value of the work can be tricky.
Spherical viruses with spiked membrane proteins on their surfaces surround larger suspended cancer cells. 
Introduction to Oncolytic Virotherapy 
Amielle Moreno, PhD | Jun 13, 2024 | 8 min read
Oncolytic virotherapy selectively attacks tumors and triggers both immediate and long-lasting immune responses. 
An individual looking at graphs and charts on a clipboard in front of a laptop. 
How to Write a Good Results Section
Nathan Ni, PhD | May 27, 2024 | 5 min read
Effective results sections need to be much more than a list of data points given without context. 
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From the Expert: Júlia Crispim da Fontoura on 3D Cell Cultures
The Scientist | May 22, 2024 | 1 min read
Júlia Crispim da Fontoura explains how researchers grow different types of 3D cell cultures.
A DNA strand and a barcode representing the DNA barcoding technique.
DNA Barcoding: Species Detection and High Throughput Assays
Priyom Bose, PhD | May 17, 2024 | 7 min read
DNA barcoding is a fast sequencing-based technique that scientists use to catalog all life on Earth or perform high throughput bioanalyses.
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What’s Your Story? Contest Finalists and Winners
The Scientist | May 16, 2024 | 3 min read
The Scientist is excited to announce the finalists of our inaugural science writing contest and to give readers a chance to vote for their favorite story.
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How Migrating Cells Navigate Biological Mazes
Laura Mac-Daniel, PhD | May 16, 2024 | 4 min read
A key protein that detects changes in plasma membrane curvature guides immune-like cells through environmental obstacles.
Two prairie voles are interacting with one another. The vole on the left sniffs the cheek of the vole on the right.
Be My Vole-entine: How Love and Loss Change the Brain
Paige Nicklas | May 16, 2024 | 4 min read
Neuroscientists studying prairie voles discovered that dopamine in the brain gushes when the animals are with their life partners and that loss of a partner erased this neurochemical signature.
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Another Reason to Challenge Yourself at the Gym
Alara Tuncer | May 16, 2024 | 4 min read
In a chronic stress model, challenging exercise reduced anxiety by activating a three-neuron loop across brain regions.  
A yellow-bellied marmot being held in the arms of a researcher while they collect a cheek swab from the marmot.
Exploring the Link between Sociality and the Marmot Gut Microbiome
Harita Sistu | May 16, 2024 | 4 min read
The marmot social microbiome is unlike that of other mammals, adding a new perspective to wildlife conservation efforts.
Willow warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus) perched on a branch with its wings extended.
Two Genetic Loci Control Migration Direction in a Small Bird Species
Pedro Andrade, PhD | May 16, 2024 | 4 min read
The innate genetic program that controls migratory behavior in birds is shrouded in mystery, but scientists are closer to understanding how genetic variation influences their routes between Europe and Africa.
Three dividing <em >Epulopiscium viviparus</em> cells seen on a microscope.
The Genome of a Gigantic Bacterium Reveals Odd Metabolic Properties
Megan Keller | May 16, 2024 | 4 min read
With its complete genome sequenced, one of the world’s largest microbes harbors unique energy processes that highlight its relation to its symbiotic host, the surgeonfish.
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Cheddar Cheese Lovers Have Interactive Microbes to Thank
Vaishnavi Sridhar, PhD | May 16, 2024 | 3 min read
Scientists used a commercial year-long cheddar making process to show how various bacterial communities interact and contribute to the distinct flavor of cheddar.
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Introduction to Bioprocessing
Amielle Moreno, PhD | May 8, 2024 | 7 min read
Bioprocessing employs the transformative power of biochemistry to drive sustainable production and pharmaceutical development.
How to Write a Good Introduction Section
Nathan Ni, PhD | May 1, 2024 | 6 min read
A strong narrative is as integral a part of science writing as it is for any other form of communication.
Optimizing Organoid Culture for Development and Disease Modeling
Optimizing Organoid Culture for Development and Disease Modeling
The Scientist Staff | Apr 26, 2024 | 1 min read
Discover how to grow mini-organs for the advanced investigation of in vivo processes.
A scientist cultures organoids in a multi-well plate filled with red cell culture media
Understanding the 3D Cell Culture Revolution
Rebecca Roberts, PhD | Apr 17, 2024 | 6 min read
3D cell culture techniques closely mimic in vivo conditions, generating more accurate data for disease modeling and drug toxicity testing.
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Building a Scientific Narrative
Nathan Ni, PhD | Apr 15, 2024 | 6 min read
A strong narrative is as integral a part of science writing as it is for any other form of communication.