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Mutations in the germline: How the mother repairs the father’s damaged genome

The genome is passed on from generation to generation. Germ cells, which are sperm and egg cells and any precursory cells they developed from, are tasked with maintaining the genomes. These cells are fundamental for maintaining the genomes across generations. The DNA, however, can be... click to read more

Views 2847
Reading time 4 min
published on Oct 30, 2023
Edible Microparticles: A Revolutionary Solution to Global Vitamin A Deficiency

Vitamin A is crucial for our ability to see, fight off diseases, and for babies to grow healthily. Vitamin A is currently the second most deficient micronutrient among the malnutrition population globally, just after iron. Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) causes blindness in children and increases... click to read more

  • Wen Tang | Assisstant Professor at south china university of technology
  • Ana Jaklenec | Research Scientist at Massachusetts Institute Of Technology
  • Sydney MacDonald | Program Assistant at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Views 686
Reading time 4 min
published on Oct 27, 2023
How much can antibiotic prescription rates be reduced through targeted interventions?

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is when bacteria, parasites, viruses, and fungi become resistant to the drugs used to treat infections. This can occur either naturally, or because people overuse and misuse antimicrobial medicines, such as antibiotics, which can speed up the development of resistance. AMR is... click to read more

  • Kyaw Zay Ya | PhD student at Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute
  • Mark Lambiris | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Basel
  • Günther Fink | Professor  at Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute
Views 802
Reading time 3 min
published on Oct 11, 2023
Visualizing the initial steps of blood clotting by SARS-Cov2 Spike protein

SARS-Cov-2 is a respiratory virus responsible for COVID-19 infections that can be severe or even fatal. Peculiar to SARS-Cov-2, compared to other coronaviruses, is its tendency to lead to blood clotting defects, which are involved in the major causes of severe COVID-19 complications (like microthrombosis,... click to read more

Views 819
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Oct 9, 2023
Writing cell memory: how Histones play a role in Epigenetic Memory

Expression of a correct set of genes at the right time is crucial for cells to maintain their cell-type specific function. Epigenetic cell memory supports maintenance of such gene expression programs, with specific chromatin states regulating which genes to express or to keep silent. Chromatin... click to read more

  • Valentin Flury | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Copenhagen
  • Anja Groth | Professor at University of Copenhagen
Views 903
Reading time 4 min
published on Oct 4, 2023