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These Are The First X-Rays Of A Living Cell

To get a super-detailed X-ray view inside a cell — right down to the individual molecules — scientists dunk the cell they’re looking at in preservative chemicals. That not only kills the cell, it changes its internal structure ever so slightly, meaning researchers aren’t getting an exact look at the cell’s natural state. Now, scientists at Germany’s DESY Research Center have found a way around that, with a technique that’s produced the world’s first X-ray of an individual living cell.


This Is The World's First Working Cell Made From Plastic

Scientists have long been toiling to create artificial life, managing to produce man-made cell walls and even synthetic DNA. But now a team of chemists has produced a functioning cell made from polymers.


These Are Some Of The Best Microscopic Images Of The Year

Every year, GE Healthcare runs a competition to find the best microscopic cell images of the year — and here are some of our favourites from the shortlist.


What Your Body Will Do In The Next 30 Seconds

You might think 30 seconds is pretty short. Your body doesn’t though. In order to keep everything running, there’s a lot of things going on in those 30 seconds.


This Single Molecule Drives Cancer Cells To Suicide

A team of researchers has identified a single molecule, called TIC10, that kick-starts the body’s tumour-destroying systems — causing a chain reaction that can kill cancer dead.


Scientists Spot Quadruple Helix DNA Working In Human Cells

Forget the humble double helix: scientists from Cambridge University have now spotted four-stranded strings of DNA working inside human cells.


This Is What A Virus Infecting A Cell Looks Like

This isn’t a cartoon tree or some strange piece of modern art. It’s what researchers from the University of Texas at Austin saw when they managed to observe a virus in the act of penetrating a cell.


These Tiny Pyramids Are Microscopic Cages For Cells

Cells are three-dimensional so it makes sense to study them in a three-dimensional context, right? That’s what researchers from the University of Twente in the Netherlands thought, which is why they made these little cages for studying live cells, instead of using a flat petri dish.


Scientists Discover A Way To Hack Your Body's Cell Network

A new discovery by Swiss researchers could put a mobile phone under your skin. By modifying how cells react to certain genes and enzymes, the researchers were able to make them communicate and exchange information. Kind of like if they were on the phone.


Cyborg Tissue Acts As Smart Scaffolding At Cellular Level

A team at Harvard University has developed a cyborg tissue material that is a literal mesh of nanoscale electronics and cells, able to support cell growth while at the same time monitoring biological activities at the cellular level.