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ThumbnailThe Science of Size
Cell biologist studies the factors that determine an animal's size.
ThumbnailProtein Paradox
Molecular biophysicist studies how a chain of molecules strong enough to support a cell can break so easily.
ThumbnailGreen Light
Chemist studies protein molecules that make animals glow in the dark.
ThumbnailHunting a Killer
Cell biologist studies cell fusion and cancer.
ThumbnailThe Forces That Bind
Engineer studies cell stickiness to create new biomaterials that can heal bones and other body tissues.
ThumbnailA Perfect Mix
Biologist bridges biology and mathematics in her quest to track the activity of thousands of genes.
ThumbnailCells in Motion
Pathologist is fascinated by how cells in the body move around and change their shape.
ThumbnailA Great Divide
Molecular biologist's basic research probes how cells grow and divide.
ThumbnailThe Worm Returns
Biologist uses glow-in-the-dark fluorescent labels to study cells in flatworms.
ThumbnailSpotlight on the Cell: The Extracellular Matrix, a Multitasking Marvel
The gelatinous material found within and between cells is an active component of all our tissues which guides cell shape, orientation and function.
Thumbnail Cool Tools: High-Resolution Microscopy--In Living Color
New cellular imaging techniques are allowing scientists to visualize cellular structures and functions in detail never before possible.
Thumbnail NIGMS Is on Instagram!
NIGMS is now on Instagram ( @NIGMS_NIH), beaming all the gorgeous science images you can't get enough of straight to your mobile devices.
Thumbnail Lighting Up the Promise of Gene Therapy for Glaucoma
Stitched together from numerous high-resolution images, this image of a mouse retina was taken while developing gene therapy for glaucoma.
Thumbnail There's an "Ome" for That
Rapid advances in technology and computational tools are allowing researchers to categorize many aspects of the biological world.
Thumbnail Capitalizing on Cellular Conversations
Living things are constantly communicating using chemical signals that course through their systems—and that affect health and disease.
Thumbnail Training Cells to Devour Dying Neighbors
Researchers study methods to engineer cells to destroy dying cells.
Thumbnail The Rise and Fall of Microtubules
Meet microtubules, cellular employees that work many important jobs, and watch how they work.
Thumbnail Bleach vs. Bacteria
Details about how bleach kills—and how bacteria can survive the attack—may lead to the development of new drugs.
Thumbnail Say Cheese
Scientists learn about the role of biofilms in our bodies and in the environment by studying the rinds of aged cheeses.
Thumbnail How Bacterial Slime Clogs the Works
Time-lapse movie reveals how bacteria clog medical devices like stents and catheters.
Thumbnail Mysterious Rare Blood Type Explained
Scientists develop a gene test for a rare blood type.
Thumbnail Cilia: Biology's Brooms
Learning more about basic cilia biology is leading to new insights into how problems with cilia cause diseases.
Thumbnail Cellular Stress Relievers
Find out how cells respond to rising temperatures, toxins, infections, resource shortages and other stressors.
Thumbnail Microscopic Mood Ring
Scientists develop glowing capsules that change colors in stressful situations.
Thumbnail Got Guts?
Researchers engineer stem cells to form fetal intestinal tissue.
Thumbnail Cells for Sight
Scientists identify eye cells that help mice that lack rods and cones see.
Thumbnail Lifestyle Effects
Scientist studies how the environment shapes our DNA.
Thumbnail Fix for a Broken Heart?
Scientists transform human embryonic stem cells into heart cells.
Thumbnail Feeling Cancer
Nanotechnologist's discovery may offer more precise methods of detecting cancer cells.
Thumbnail Stuck on Mom
Researchers learn that during the fertile period in a woman's menstrual cycle, cells in her uterus acquire a sticky sugar coating.
Thumbnail Vitamin C Improves Skin Grafts
Researchers may have found a new medical use for the classic citrus fruit vitamin.
Thumbnail Cells' Sugar Coating Zaps Cancer
Scientist investigates the potential importance of a cell's sugar "coat" in the development of cancer