“My position at Cornell is perfect. I am in the plant biology department, but, being part of the Weill Institute, I have access to the whole range of biology,” Roeder said. She studies the role that cell growth and division play in the diversity of cell size in the Arabidopsis sepal. Arabidopsis is a flowering plant and its sepal the green tissue located on the outside of the plant that surrounds and protects the flower. A major part of Roeder’s research also involves imaging and computer modeling.
In honor of International Women's Day and Women's History Month, the Smithsonian Institution Archives (SIA) is pleased to present a sampling of images documenting women scientists and engineers from around the world, most of whom were pioneers in...
Using one of the world's most powerful microscope - a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) - scientists have revealed the characteristics in miniature, giving a tour of the everyday objects as a tiny new world.
Scientists in Russia have grown plants from fruit stored away in permafrost by squirrels over 30,000 years ago. The fruit was found in the banks of the Kolyma River in Siberia, a top site for people looking for mammoth bones. The Institute of Cell Biophysics team raised plants of Silene stenophylla - of the campion family - from the fruit.
Hailed as the 'powerhouses' of the cell in thousands of textbooks, mitochondria rightly have a reputation as essential pieces of cellular machinery. Find out more with this quick guide by Chrissie Giles.
Despite all the huge advances in medical technology in the past couple centuries, petri dishes, one of the most crucial pieces of equipment, haven’t changed much at all. Now a grad student at Caltech has finally brought these flat-bottomed bowls into the 21st century. The new device, dubbed ePetri, uses an imaging chip from a mobile phone camera, a smartphone and Lego blocks. The imaging chip acts as the petri dish in the traditional sense, holding the cell culture beneath a sheet of protective plastic. The square chip is placed inside a platform made of Legos, and an Android phone hooks in place on top. The phone’s LED screen is used as a scanning light source, illuminating the image sensor.
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