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    1. Cell Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    2018 Gairdner Awards: The past, present and future of light-gated ion channels and optogenetics

    Sheena A Josselyn
    Research into light-gated ion channels called channelrhodospins laid the foundations for the development of optogenetics, a technique that has gone on to revolutionize neuroscience.
    1. Ecology
    2. Plant Biology

    The Natural History of Model Organisms: Planting molecular functions in an ecological context with Arabidopsis thaliana

    Ute Krämer
    Research in molecular ecology and evolution is increasingly utilizing the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana, placing a spotlight on its natural history.
    1. Neuroscience

    Neurophysiology: Fruit flies step out

    Ronald L Calabrese
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    1. Cell Biology
    2. Computational and Systems Biology

    Signaling Systems: Transferring information without distortion

    Steven S Andrews et al.
    Despite employing diverse molecular mechanisms, many different cell signaling systems avoid losing information by transmitting it in a linear manner.
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    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    2. Cell Biology

    Intraflagellar transport: Trainspotting in a cilium

    Dhivya Kumar, Stephen M King
    A new imaging technique sheds light on how cilia regulate their length and growth.
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    1. Neuroscience

    Sleep: Up all night on a redeye flight

    Leslie C Griffith
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    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    2. Cell Biology

    Mitosis: Checkpoint proteins come under scrutiny

    Maria Mora-Santos, Jonathan BA Millar
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    1. Genetics and Genomics
    2. Neuroscience

    Circadian Rhythms: Shedding new light on circadian clocks

    Maud Demarque, Ueli Schibler
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    1. Cell Biology
    2. Ecology

    The Natural History of Model Organisms: From molecular manipulation of domesticated Chlamydomonas reinhardtii to survival in nature

    Severin Sasso et al.
    Dubbed the 'green yeast', the model alga C. reinhardtii has profoundly advanced many areas of biology, but much remains to be learnt about its life in the wild.
    1. Ecology

    The Natural History of Model Organisms: Peromyscus mice as a model for studying natural variation

    Nicole L Bedford, Hopi E Hoekstra
    The deer mouse (Peromyscus) has emerged as a model system for studying many aspects of biology, supported by extensive historical knowledge of its fascinating and varied natural history.