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Keeping CRISPR under control: how bacteria fight viruses without harming themselves

Bacteria are in a constant struggle with the viruses that infect them. While we often think of bacteria as agents of infection, bacteria are in turn infected by viruses, called phage. The phage that infect bacteria and archaea are the most abundant class of organism... click to read more

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Reading time 4 min
published on Jan 14, 2019
Scutoid cell blocks: a (energetically) cheap way of life

Breaking news! Believe it or not, we are formed by cells! Well, to be honest, we know this since 1665 when Robert Hooke discovered and named the fundamental constituents of all animals. Hooke performed pioneering microscopy and biological studies but, in addition, he was also... click to read more

  • Pedro Gómez-Gálvez | PhD student at Departamento de Biología Celular, Universidad de Sevilla and Instituto de Biomedicina de Sevilla (IBiS), Hospital Universitario Virgen del Rocío/CSIC/Universidad de Sevilla. Seville, Spain
  • Luis M. Escudero | Principal Investigator at Departamento de Biología Celular, Universidad de Sevilla and Instituto de Biomedicina de Sevilla (IBiS), Hospital Universitario Virgen del Rocío/CSIC/Universidad de Sevilla. Seville, Spain
  • Javier Buceta | Principal Investigator at Bioengineering Department and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department, Lehigh University. Bethlehem, PA 18018, USA
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Reading time 4 min
published on Jan 7, 2019
The Alcohol Hangover: A Thought Impairing Experience

Headache, nausea, and fatigue are all common symptoms experienced the morning after a night of heavy drinking. Individuals also describe effects on concentration, mood, and decision-making. However, the scientific literature investigating these effects is scarce and has often produced mixed results, preventing firm conclusions. Given that... click to read more

  • Craig Gunn | PhD student at Department of Psychology, University of Bath, Bath, UK
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Reading time 4 min
published on Dec 11, 2018
A new way to go gray

Although gray hair is often seen as just another sign of getting older, for us at the Harris Lab it’s a window into the mysterious world of stem cells and their role in aging and tissue regeneration. Hair color depends on a specialized set of... click to read more

  • Christopher R. Keys | Researcher at Department of Biology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA
  • Melissa Harris | Assistant Professor at Department of Biology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Nov 23, 2018
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
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Oct 22, 2018