If microbial life exists elsewhere in the solar system, wouldn't we like to actually see it on the move? Bioengineers are already testing a new scope—in extreme environments a bit closer to home—that could capture the 3D videos to make that possible.
Bruce Hay's lab has developed a way to bring about long-term infertility in mice. The new approach, called vectored contraception, turns muscle cells into factories that produce an antibody that inhibits a key reproductive process.
The key to any healthy relationship is communication. Two types of microbes near the ocean floor use direct electron transfer to coordinate their symbiotic relationship—which results in the consumption of large amounts of methane from deep ocean vents.
The Advanced LIGO, twin observatories designed to detect gravitational waves, begins full-scale operations this week after a 7-year overhaul. The new detectors are 10 times as powerful as their predecessors.
New imaging method allows researchers to simultaneously identify dozens of molecules within individual cells and could offer insight into how cells are organized and interact in normal and diseased tissue.