Self-assembling proteins can store cellular 'memories'

As cells perform their everyday functions, they turn on a variety of genes and cellular pathways. MIT engineers have now coaxed cells to inscribe the history of these events in a long protein chain that can be imaged using ...

Researchers build cell atlas using scattered single-cell datasets

Imagine a virtual human body, rich in complexity and detail, that enables scientists to simulate experiments that can't be conducted in vivo or in vitro. A team of Chinese researchers brought this vision closer to reality ...

Generating human-like neural networks via cellular reprogramming

A study published in the journal Stem Cells Reports reveals that a cellular reprogramming methodology allows the creation of neural networks that reproduce unique characteristics of human cells—different to those obtained ...

Sculpting the human body plan in a dish

Although Michelangelo's masterpiece "David" captured the magnificence of the human body—how exactly this exquisite body plan is established during human development has puzzled scientists for more than a century. This has ...

Decoding the secret language of photosynthesis

For decades, scientists have been stumped by the signals plants send themselves to initiate photosynthesis, the process of turning sunlight into sugars. UC Riverside researchers have now decoded those previously opaque signals.

When was the first time life began to prey on each other?

Using the word predation may seem surprising when we talk about the first organisms that set out to eat other organisms, for they were not deadly predators with sharp teeth and claws, but small single-celled life forms that ...

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