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Our body has a vast amount of small blood vessels that deliver and take away wastes. These small blood vessels can clog in many diseases including malaria, causing tissue damage and organ failure. We report a breakthrough in developing a lab-grown model of the tiniest blood vessels. This model will help study different diseases, and seek better treatment options for clogged microcirculation.
The role of maternal malnutrition on Zika virus congenital effectsOct 27, 2020 | 3 min read by Jimena Barbeito-Andrés , Patricia Pestana Garcez
Repurposing of retroviral genes: when foe becomes selfOct 23, 2020 | 3.5 min read by Ian A. Taylor , Jonathan P. Stoye
How to know slow slip events and anticipate future large earthquakesOct 22, 2020 | 3 min read by Yusuke Yokota
Where mind meets body: a master brain circuit for stress responsesOct 21, 2020 | 4 min read by Naoya Kataoka , Kazuhiro Nakamura
Coronaviruses: Contagious Beasts and Where to Find ThemApr 3, 2020 in Evolution & Behaviour | 4 min read by Anatoly Kozlov
The Face Mask Dilemma: to wear or not to wear, that is the questionApr 6, 2020 in Health & Physiology | 4 min read by Reinier Prosee
The evolution of the new coronavirus: what the past teaches us for a better futureApr 9, 2020 in Evolution & Behaviour | 3.5 min read by Akira Ohkubo
High performance silks deployed by web building wolf spiders
Wolf spiders that build webs produce silks that perform differently than those that do not build webs, supporting hypotheses that web building and silk performance co-evolved in spiders.Nov 12, 2018 | 4 min read
The belligerence of breeding: female aggression after mating
Sexual behaviors often have a deep impact on social interactions. Here is how female fruit flies cope with it.Nov 1, 2017 | 4 min read
How do plants breathe?
Breathing air in and out is something that we, as humans, perform in every moment of our lives. Plants do likewise thanks to tiny mouths called stomata.Nov 22, 2017 | 4 min read
Where is the Engram?
We observe, we learn, we repeat. This is possible thanks to the capacity of our brains to store information - but how and where is memory stored within our brains?Dec 14, 2015 | 4 min read
Children Prefer the Real Thing to Pretending
Playing can be seen as the "gym" of life for children. Therefore we encourage them to pretend-play the real-life ahead of them. However, given the choice, wouldn't them jump head in into the real thing?Mar 1, 2018 | 3 min read
Fighting back antibiotic resistance: a new hope from the soil
Antibiotic resistance represents a critical threat for our health and disease treatment. New discoveries are crucial to develop further medicaments against future superbugs.Feb 24, 2016 | 4 min read