Content: Volume 3, Issue 1
Lower calorie intake allows monkeys to live long and prosper
The recent report in Nature Communications settles a persistent controversy in biology of aging research; namely, whether or not caloric restriction (CR), reduced calorie intake without malnutrition, confers health and longevity benefits in nonhuman primates. The University of Wisconsin-Madison and the National Institute on Aging... click to read more
Could we reverse memory loss in Alzheimer’s patients? Mice answer yes!
Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia. A striking characteristic is memory loss. In the brain, nerve cells or neurons make connections, named synapses, to process information. When the synapses are not functional or when the neurons are not well connected anymore, cognitive... click to read more
Our internal fight against loneliness
"A guy needs somebody -- to be near him... A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody."
Of Mice & Men, John Steinbeck. As social creatures, all aspects of our daily lives are powerfully shaped by our social experiences. The social bonds that we... click to read more
What happens to our genes in the twilight of death?
Death -- the ultimate end of everyone's journey. What is there to study? Is anything interesting happening? Aside from religious and philosophical discourses, valuable knowledge might be obtained from tangible physical facts. Consider an analogy: a disaster happens in a chemical plant that results in... click to read more
Capturing Mother Nature at work: seeing how plants make vitamin B6
Vitamins are essential for life. They perform a huge variety of tasks within metabolism, with many helping to promote biochemical reactions in our bodies. In general, we cannot make vitamins from scratch, and so we must obtain them from our diet. Plants and microorganisms can... click to read more
Aluminium in antiperspirants: an effective tool or a breast cancer threat?
Aluminium is the most abundant metal in Earth's crust. Due to its abundance and to its remarkable physical and chemical properties - it is lightweight, durable, and resistant to corrosion - aluminium is widely present in many different industrial products, including sunscreens, lipsticks, toothpastes, anti-acid... click to read more