Cell Biology
Endosomal pH drives stemness in glioblastoma
A group of researchers has shown that endosomal pH drives stemness in glioblastoma. The group discovered that endosomal Na+/H+ exchanger isoform 9 is a novel driver of stem cell-like characteristics -- or stemness -- in glioblastoma by stabilizing multiple receptor tyrosine kinases, according to a recent paper published in PNAS Nexus. Read More
'Roadmap' reveals how cells transform during mouse embryonic development
Mapping how complex animals develop from a single cell is a key area of study, but it remains a significant challenge. Now, research published in Nature Genetics on March 14, has laid out the molecular changes that control how cells transform during mouse embryonic development. The resulting roadmap identifies potential links between cell types to help understand the paths they take toward specialization. Read More
Experience sharing is critical for women in science
Sharing experiences with future generations is key to moving science and biotechnology forward. As a female leader of a biotechnology company, Dr. Bridget Martell, CEO of Artizan Biosciences, shares her experiences and perspectives with ScienceBoard. Read More
Scientists improve ADC development with mix of experimental, computational tools
BOSTON -- Greg Thurber, PhD, professor at the University of Michigan explained how his lab is jointly using both experimental animal models and computational models to improve the overall speed and efficiency of drug development of antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) to get more of the agents on the market. Thurber presented in a scientific session at the Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS) 2022 International Conference and Expo. Read More
Nucleosomes dictate the histone code
The histone code concept needs to be redefined at the nucleosomal level, according to Michael-Christopher Keogh, PhD, chief scientific officer of EpiCypher. During a live webinar, Keogh shared information about the tools that are required to critically re-evaluate the genomic distribution and regulatory function(s) of histone post-translational modification (PTMs). Read More
How one company is helping make complex medicines safer
Often, the most dangerous things in life are things that the human eye cannot see. This is true even for life-saving medicines. One company was founded to help the industry find these hidden particles and solve a key challenge in the development of complex drug products. Halo Labs’ CEO Rick Gordon spoke with ScienceBoard about how its low volume approach is providing a critical service for the drug development industry. Read More
Newfound understanding of tissue migration can harness cancer spread
New research has uncovered mechanistic details in living tissue that explain how tissue exercises physical stresses to induce motion in vivo. The study, published in Nature Cell Biology on February 14, documents that the rear end of moving tissue plays a primary role in pushing tissue forward. This finding could be the basis for understanding organ development and the spread of cancer. Read More
Machine vision advances single-cell sequencing for small samples
The ability to sequence RNA in single cells has given scientists an unprecedented level of resolution in studying rare cell types. However, current approaches are designed to deal with a large number of cells, making it difficult to work with small samples. New research, published in Nature Methods on February 14, has described a technique using machine vision to detect cells and make single-cell RNA sequencing more efficient at a smaller scale. Read More
Colonic gene mapping provides insights into intestinal diseases
Researchers have used spatial transcriptomics to uncover an unprecedented view of the molecular regionalization of the murine colon. This research, published in Nature Communications on February 11, provides novel insights into inflammatory bowel disease. Read More
Atlas finds hundreds of genes that control the brain's shape
The shapes of our brains are heavily influenced by our genes, although the precise nature of this complex relationship is difficult to pin down. Now, a study published on February 3 in Science has used a genetics-based atlas of the cerebral cortex to identify hundreds of new gene variants that are linked to growth of specific regions. Read More
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