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Content: Volume 3, Issue 2

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A Weekend Camping is Just What the Doctor Ordered

The invention of electrical lighting has permitted work and social activities to continue beyond sunlight, however it has also caused an unnatural desynchrony between human's biology and the environment. The body's internal timekeeping system (also called circadian clock) is designed to predict environmental time in... click to read more

  • Hannah Kent Ritchie | PhD student at Integrative Physiology Department, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder CO, USA
  • Ellen R. Stothard | PhD student at Department of Integrative Physiology, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder CO, USA
  • Kenneth P. Wright | Professor at Department of Integrative Physiology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA
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Reading time 4 min
published on Jun 21, 2017
The cutting EDGE: Bringing genomics to everyone

Diabetes, infertility, cancer, allergies, Alzheimer's disease - the key to one day preventing or even curing such afflictions and diseases (both infectious and genetically driven) may be locked in our own genetic code and the code of microorganisms that inhabit our bodies. Genomics, the study... click to read more

  • Patrick Chain | Professor at Los Alamos National Laboratory, U.S. Dept. of Energy's NNSA, USA
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jun 14, 2017
Toxic brain cells are a new target for treating neurodegeneration

After decades of research into the causes of neurodegenerative diseases, there is still no cure. Instead of focusing on the neurons that die in these diseases, they may be treatable by blocking the metamorphosis of helpful support cells into toxic support cells, or by pharmaceutically... click to read more

  • Shane A. Liddelow | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Neurobiology, Stanford University, School of Medicine, Stanford, California 94305, USA
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on May 24, 2017
Human gut parasite has a sinister use for its stolen genes

It is well established knowledge that bacteria routinely exchange genes between unrelated species, creating an extensive network of information flow independent of sexual reproduction. By acquiring new genes, each being a blueprint for a single protein, the bacteria gain also the functions the proteins perform... click to read more

  • Lukáš Novák | PhD student at Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic
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Reading time 3 min
published on May 18, 2017
The power of our adaptive immunity against Alzheimer’s Disease

One of the fears that arise with aging is being afflicted with dementia. Alzheimer’s disease (simply ”Alzheimer” from now onwards) is the most common type of dementia worldwide, representing up to 60% of total cases of dementia in western countries. Alzheimer is a serious world-health... click to read more

  • Daniele Guido | PhD student at Department of Cell Physiology and Metabolism, University of Geneva, Switzerland
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Reading time 3 min
published on May 10, 2017
Symbiogenesis: how algae and bacteria shaped new genes together

Genes are an essential component of every living being. They are encoded in the DNA, and contain the information needed to produce a fully-functional organism. Deciphering the origin of new genes in organisms is important to understand how living beings adapted to their environment. Genes... click to read more

  • Raphaël Méheust | PhD student at Pierre and Marie Curie University - Paris 6, Unité de recherche Systématique, Adaptation, Évolution
  • Eric Bapteste | Professor at Pierre and Marie Curie University - Paris 6, Unité de recherche Systématique, Adaptation, Évolution
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on May 3, 2017