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Empowering the immune system to fight against cancer

It is well known that to grow and invade different organs, tumours must find ways to evade several layers of controls that are in place in our body. The immune system, a complex network of cells and antibodies has been shaped by evolution to protect... click to read more

  • Giovanni Germano | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at School of Medicine, University of Torino, Turin, Italy
Views 329
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Oct 22, 2018
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Despite consisting only of one single cell, the microorganism Paramecium has an amazingly complex life cycle. It has a period of infancy and of old age, it learns, defends itself from prey, has sex, responds to different sensory cues - all things we can relate... click to read more

  • Sarah Allen | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Institut für Zellbiologie, Universität Bern, Bern, Switzerland
  • Mariusz Nowacki | Professor at Institut für Zellbiologie, Universität Bern, Bern, Switzerland
Views 355
Reading time 4.5 min
published on Oct 19, 2018
Vaccine hope against a sexually transmitted disease: the answer to the burgeoning rise in a superbug

Gonorrhoea is a common bacterial infection caused by a bacteria called Neisseria gonorrhoeae. It is usually sexually transmitted and can cause complications such as an infection of the upper part of the female reproductive system (i.e. pelvic inflammatory disease), septic arthritis and heart muscle inflammation.... click to read more

  • Helen Petousis-Harris | Senior Lecturer at Immunisation Advisory Centre, School of Population Health, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland, Australia
Views 619
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jul 3, 2018
Environmental sustainability of nationally recommended diets

It has long been understood that what we eat impacts not only our health, but our environment too. Despite this food-sustainability awareness, very few national dietary recommendations (NRD) make any consideration of sustainability. For example, the USDA's Dietary Guidelines for Americans has a lot of... click to read more

  • Paul Behrens | Assistant Professor at LUC The Hague & Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML), Leiden University, Netherlands
Views 603
Reading time 3 min
published on Jun 14, 2018
Evolution does not care

Cells form the biological unit of all living organisms. But, like organisms, cells go through a life cycle: new cells emerge after cell division, they live, they age and they die. In some cases cell death is necessary for the organism's development and life. However,... click to read more

  • Thomas Wilhelm | PhD student at Institute of Molecular Biology, Ackermannweg 4 55128 Mainz, Germany
  • Holger Richly | Professor at Institute of Molecular Biology, Ackermannweg 4 55128 Mainz, Germany
Views 709
Reading time 4 min
published on Jun 7, 2018