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A novel treatment for inherited blinding eye diseases

The cornea is the window at the front of the eye through which light passes allowing us to see clearly. Corneal dystrophies, which cause a loss of this essential transparency, are a group of inherited blinding eye diseases for which there is no cure. They... click to read more

  • Tara Moore | Professor at School of Biomedical Sciences, Biomedical Sciences Research Institute, Ulster University, UK
Views 1131
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Feb 1, 2018
A new promising therapy against Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is an incurable disease, causing the death of the "motor" neurons that allow us to control our movement. ALS causes muscle atrophy, paralysis and death due to respiratory failure within two and five years. With a worldwide incidence of 2 cases... click to read more

  • Giacomo Rossetti | PhD student at Department of Molecular Biology, Section of Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Views 1201
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jan 9, 2018
Driving down malaria

Mosquitoes are the deadliest animals on earth, having killed more people than wars and plagues combined. This is because they spread debilitating diseases like malaria - which affects more than 200 million people each year. Despite a momentous effort to combat the disease over the... click to read more

  • Andrew Hammond | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Life Sciences, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Imperial College London, UK
  • Xenia Karlsson | M.Sc. student at Department of Life Sciences, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Imperial College London, UK
  • Ziyin Wang | M.Sc. student at Department of Life Sciences, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Imperial College London, UK
Views 2163
Reading time 4 min
published on Jul 18, 2017
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
Views 1242
Reading time 4 min
published on Jun 21, 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
Views 1253
Reading time 3.5 min
published on May 24, 2017