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Content: Volume 5, Issue 1

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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
A snapshot from the early Earth

The physical and chemical evolution of planets relies on certain volatile elements, such as Hydrogen (H), Carbon (C), and Nitrogen (N). For instance, on Earth volatile elements influence magma chemistry, volcanism and the evolution of our atmosphere and climate. Perhaps most important, the presence of... click to read more

  • Patricia Clay | Research Fellow at School of Earth & Environmental Science (SEES), Isotope Geochemistry & Cosmochemistry Group, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
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Reading time 3 min
published on Jan 9, 2019
Virus infection: may the (binding) force be with you?

Virus-related infections are diseases we have all experienced. From the common flu or cold to hepatitis, mononucleosis, and AIDS, viruses are the lead cause of numerous illnesses. Even though trillions of virus particles peacefully occupy our inner body, some others are real troublemakers. But why... click to read more

  • Martin Delguste | PhD student at Louvain Institute of Bimolecular Science and Technology, Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium
  • David Alsteens | Professor at Louvain Institute of Bimolecular Science and Technology, Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium
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Reading time 4 min
published on Jan 11, 2019
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
Finding Dracula’s silver bullet: the fight against a bloodthirsty fungus

That's correct, the darkness loving, light fearing, blood sucking prince of darkness, Count Dracula was a fungus. In our recent research, we describe that just like Dracula, the fungus Aspergillus fumigatus "wants your blood". The parallels are uncanny, both prefer dark places (Dracula: a coffin,... click to read more

  • Joe Hsu | Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, USA
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jan 16, 2019