molecular biology

Deciphering biology’s Rosetta Stone

August 26, 2015

An innovative approach developed by Tao Pan, PhD, and colleagues enables high-throughput transfer RNA sequencing, which allows scientists to better understand the translation of protein sequences and the role of tRNA in diseases such as cancer and neurodegenerative disorders. [Read more]

Rethinking RNA

August 18, 2015

It’s a new day for RNA. Michael Werner, sixth-year graduate student in Cell and Molecular Biology, describes the discovery of a new class of RNA molecule that could perhaps be considered the "dark matter" of the genome. [Read more]

Optogenetics without the genetics

March 12, 2015

Optogenetics, a technique which enables scientists to control the activity of neurons with light, has revolutionaized the field of neuroscience. However, it relies on genetic engineering, which limits its use. A new study demonstrates a potential solution to this problem: gold nanoparticles. [Read more]

A snapshot of neural activity

February 16, 2015

A new study authored by Ben Fosque, first year graduate student in biochemistry and molecular biology, describes how he and his mentors engineered a new fluorescent protein, activated by a flash of violet light, that permanently marks neurons that fire -- a literal snapshot of neural activity. [Read more]