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World's largest antibody search engine

An internet service which allows scientists to find antibodies for use in their research is now the largest antibody search engine in a $2billion industry, and ranked number one by Google.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2014

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A bird's eye view of cellular RNAs (w/video)

Researchers have developed a new method that allows scientists to pinpoint thousands of mRNAs and other types of RNAs at once in intact cells - all while determining the sequence of letters, or bases, that identify them and reveal what they do.

Posted: Feb 27th, 2014

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Researchers X-ray living cancer cells

At Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron's PETRA III research light source, scientists have carried out the first studies of living biological cells using high-energy X-rays. The new method for the first time enables us to investigate the internal structures of living cells in their natural environment using hard X-rays.

Posted: Feb 27th, 2014

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Peptides imaged in unprecedented detail

Chemists from Radboud University Nijmegen and the Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM) have succeeded in producing detailed 3D structures of selected peptides - the building blocks of proteins.

Posted: Feb 27th, 2014

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Artificial muscles that do the twist

Researchers demonstrate a new material's potential by using it to replicate the biological motion of the heart, and also developed a matching 3D computer model of it.

Posted: Feb 26th, 2014

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Watching how the brain works

For the first time, a group of scientists has been able to observe intact interactions between proteins, directly in the brain of a live animal.

Posted: Feb 24th, 2014

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Scientists transform skin cells into functioning liver cells

Scientists have made an important breakthrough: they have discovered a way to transform skin cells into mature, fully functioning liver cells that flourish on their own, even after being transplanted into laboratory animals modified to mimic liver failure.

Posted: Feb 23rd, 2014

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An essential step toward printing living tissues (w/video)

A new bioprinting method developed at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences creates intricately patterned 3-D tissue constructs with multiple types of cells and tiny blood vessels. The work represents a major step toward a longstanding goal of tissue engineers: creating human tissue constructs realistic enough to test drug safety and effectiveness.

Posted: Feb 19th, 2014

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Bacteria-filled liquid crystals could improve biosensing

Plop living, swimming bacteria into a novel water-based, nontoxic liquid crystal and a new physics takes over. The dynamic interaction of the bacteria with the liquid crystal creates a novel form of soft matter: living liquid crystal.

Posted: Feb 18th, 2014

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