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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 246
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 821
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Apr 26, 2019
A novel mechanism of metabolic regulation of blood pressure

Hypertension or high blood pressure is the major risk factor of heart and kidney diseases affecting the human population. Indeed the incidence rate is very high: 1 in every 3 adult individuals. Hypertension is normally treated in the clinic as an independent disease. Nonetheless, it... click to read more

  • Saroj Chakraborty | PhD student at Center for Hypertension and Precision Medicine, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences, Ohio, USA
  • Bina Joe | Professor at Center for Hypertension and Precision Medicine, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences, Ohio, USA
Views 632
Reading time 3 min
published on Apr 23, 2019
Gene therapy and ALS: one step closer to the clinic

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a devastating disease that on average kills in only 3 to 5 years after diagnosis, and for which there is still no cure today. ALS patients have progressive muscle weakness, leading to gradual paralysis and difficulties breathing which will usually... click to read more

  • Florie Borel | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Horae Gene Therapy Center, University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA
  • Christian Mueller | Associate Professor at Horae Gene Therapy Center; Department of Pediatrics, University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA
Views 827
Reading time 4 min
published on Mar 6, 2019
BioBits™: Making Hands-on Biology Experiences Accessible for Everyone

Molecular biology is difficult to teach in schools, since the concepts can't be seen and are instead represented with abstract diagrams in textbooks. Some schools have introduced hands-on activities, such as growing cells that glow green, to illustrate these ideas in real life and facilitate... click to read more

  • Ally Huang | PhD student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Biological Engineering, USA
  • Jessica Stark | PhD student at Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Northwestern University, USA
  • Peter Nguyen | Wyss Technology Fellow at Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard University, USA
Views 722
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Feb 22, 2019