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Heart cells hit a tiny “gym” to help scientists screen for toxic cancer drugs
Scientists are learning the bartering system of two cell types to understand the lifecycle of a lung
Scientists are making lab-grown mini-organs more lifelike by adding blood vessels
Mouse study finds disease-linked molecule influences the intricate, beautiful patterns of the brain cells known as astrocytes.
Scientists are watching cells swallow microscopic beads in the hopes of better understanding the autoimmune disorder rheumatoid arthritis
Technique built off rabies virus lets scientists trace backward flow of neural activity in the mouse brain
Neuroscientists are shedding literal light on the mouse claustrum, a tiny part of the brain with an outsized number of connections
Quality control spies a spooky brain
The shape-shifting microglia play a vital role in maintaining brain health
Microglial cells act as the brain’s waste disposal when healthy — can they be manipulated to protect against disease?
New data explores the cellular landscape of Alzheimer’s disease
Scientists are piecing together the puzzle of the brain using light-sheet microscopy
Scientists are using tumor “spheroids” to study glioblastoma, a deadly brain cancer
Scientists are studying the wide range of “normal” within human cells
Biologists are studying the neurons and muscle cells of the ctenophore, a type of sea jelly that is the sister group to all other animals
Scientists are sifting through the hundreds of thousands of brain cells present in a cubic millimeter of mouse brain
Graphics software for microscope imagery lights up the endoplasmic reticulum
A delicate molecular dance maintains the blood-brain barrier, protecting the brain while allowing transport of necessary resources
Examining fine cellular details for longer time periods
New tool helps scientists see how E. coli finds its center
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