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Genetic determinants of thinness and obesity: cards of the same deck

Obesity is a major public health concern worldwide, with high prevalence paralleling an increasingly "obesogenic" environment that promotes a sedentary lifestyle and poor-quality food choices. However, even within this environment, some people are able to maintain a healthy body mass index (BMI, defined as weight... click to read more

  • Fernando Riveros-Mckay | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Wellcome Sanger Institute, Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Inês Barroso | Director of Research at MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
Views 341
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jul 12, 2019
A cup of green tea can solve many problems!

Green tea, like many other teas, is brewed from the dried leaves of the Cammelia sinensis bush. It originates from China, but nowadays it is grown and produced all over the world. Green tea is typically green, yellow or light brown in color, and its... click to read more

  • Monika Stankova | PhD student at Department of Molecular Biology, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
Views 220
Reading time 3 min
published on Jul 3, 2019
What can science tell us about mortality and survival in Game of Thrones?

Does it all come down to a roll of the dice, or are there important underlying factors that determine who wins and who dies when they play the game of thrones? Game of Thrones is a popular HBO television series that has captured the imagination of... click to read more

  • Reidar P. Lystad | Research Fellow at Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
  • Benjamin T. Brown | Sessional Academic at Faculty of Science and Engineering, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
Views 369
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jul 1, 2019
Recording cellular memories

Imagine trying to understand an unpredictable movie - such as the iconic Psycho - based only on a sequence of still images, or worse yet, a single image. Biologists currently face a very similar conundrum - we attempt to decipher dynamic processes occurring within cells... click to read more

  • Tanmay Tanna | Research assistant at Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
Views 573
Reading time 3.5 min
published on May 20, 2019
Growing human retinal organoids to understand development of the human eye

Our laboratory is interested in how the cells that "see" color are made. There are three types of color-detecting cells that sense red, green, or blue light. We cannot study how these cells are made in developing human babies, so we take human stem cells... click to read more

  • Robert Johnston | Professor at Department of Biology, Johns Hopkins University, Maryland, USA
Views 1133
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Apr 26, 2019