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Forced to react: 3D printing can stretch a single cell

A cell is a tiny compartment, the most fundamental architectural unit of life. Like in the context of a whole body, every cell is highly interactive with its surroundings. As a result, cells gather and form functional communities such as tissues and organs. In those communities,... click to read more

  • Marc Hippler | PhD Student at Zoological Institute, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Kai Weißenbruch | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Zoological Institute, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany; Institute of Functional Interfaces, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Martin Bastmeyer | Professor at Zoological Institute, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany; Institute of Applied Physics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Apr 16, 2021
Is 37.0 °C still a normal body temperature?

Many of us share the same reflex when feeling sick: we measure our body temperature. Indeed, our body raises its internal temperature in response to pathogen infections in order to fight them. The current benchmark for healthy humans, 37.0°C or 98.6°F, dates back to the... click to read more

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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Apr 1, 2021
Awake or dreaming: how brain ‘noise’ tells the difference

We spend almost one-third of our lives asleep, being disconnected from the world and seemingly 'inactive'. But sleeping is not a waste of time – it is essential for maintaining both our body and mind in good shape. Indeed, sleep is an exceptionally complex biological... click to read more

  • Janna D. Lendner | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, University of California, Berkeley, United States; Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, University Medical Center Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany
Views 481
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Mar 22, 2021
What genetics teaches us about living a long and healthy life

Why do some people live a long and healthy life, while others suffer from age-related diseases? We know that this difference is usually explained by chance or environmental factors, such as diet and living conditions. But that's not all! We should also consider another important... click to read more

  • Paul R. H. J. Timmers | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at MRC Human Genetics Unit, MRC Institute for Genetics and Cancer, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  • Peter K. Joshi | Principal Investigator at Centre for Global Health Research, Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  • Joris Deelen | Research Group Leader at Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, Cologne, Germany
Views 928
Reading time 4 min
published on Mar 16, 2021
eDiamond: A life-changing glucose monitoring solution for diabetics

Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects more than 8.5% of the worldwide population. People with diabetes are at risk of serious health problems arising from diabetes-related complications. Monitoring of blood glucose levels as often as possible is crucial to managing diabetes. The standard technique to... click to read more

  • Jessica Hanna | PhD Student at Biomedical Engineering Program, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon
Views 973
Reading time 3 min
published on Feb 18, 2021