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A new strategy to beat Ebola virus at its own game

Ebola virus causes a deadly and highly contagious infection, known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever. Repeated outbreaks of severe, often deadly epidemics since Ebola was first identified in the 1970s have killed thousands of people and scared the world. The West African Ebola epidemic in 2014... click to read more

  • Jyoti Batra | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, J. David Gladstone Institutes & Quantitative Biosciences Institute, QBI, University of California, San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Manon Eckhardt | Staff Research Scientist at Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, J. David Gladstone Institutes & Quantitative Biosciences Institute, QBI, University of California, San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Nevan J. Krogan | Professor at Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, J. David Gladstone Institutes & Quantitative Biosciences Institute, QBI, University of California, San Francisco, CA, USA
Views 423
Reading time 4 min
published on Jul 17, 2019
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 372
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 246
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 393
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 614
Reading time 3.5 min
published on May 20, 2019