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Content: Volume 6, Issue 4

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How lab-grown blood vessels can help us understand malaria

Blood circulates a hundred thousand times in our body each day to provide nutrients and support to tissues. This circulation is carried out by blood vessels in a highly organized and efficient transport system. Large vessels are somewhat like highways, carrying large volumes of blood... click to read more

  • Caitlin Howard | Graduate Student at Department of Bioengineering; Institute of Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, University of Washington
  • Joseph D. Smith | Professor at Center for Global Infectious Disease Research, Seattle Children’s Research Institute; Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington.
  • Ying Zheng | Professor at Department of Bioengineering; Institute of Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, University of Washington
Views 108
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Oct 28, 2020
The role of maternal malnutrition on Zika virus congenital effects

During pregnancy, a variety of complex processes are orchestrated to develop healthy tissues and organs of the developing fetus. Although there are buffering mechanisms that prevent development from being disturbed, some factors could lead to malformations. These factors are known as teratogens. Some pathogens causing... click to read more

  • Jimena Barbeito-Andrés | Assistant Researcher at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; National Scientific and Technical Research Council, Argentina
  • Patricia Pestana Garcez | Principal Investigator at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Views 154
Reading time 3 min
published on Oct 27, 2020
Distinctive stone tools reveal Siberian Neanderthals originated in eastern Europe

Fossils of Neanderthals were first discovered in western Europe in the mid-nineteenth century. Since then, the behaviours and activities of our closest evolutionary cousins, the regions of the world that they inhabited, and their evolutionary history have been the subject of much scientific enquiry and... click to read more

  • Kseniya Kolobova | Research scientist at Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk, Russia
  • Maciej Krajcarz | Associate Professor at Institute of Geological Sciences, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warszawa, Poland
  • Richard "Bert" Roberts | Professor at Centre for Archaeological Science, School of Earth, Atmospheric and Life Sciences and Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage, University of Wollongong, Australia
Views 160
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Oct 26, 2020
Repurposing of retroviral genes: when foe becomes self

The genomes of all organisms are constantly under attack from a variety of sources, including the everyday effects of solar and ionising radiation together with chemical and oxidative insults. However, there are also more specific threats to our genomes like those that posed through invasion... click to read more

  • Ian A. Taylor | Senior Group Leader at The Francis Crick Institute, London, UK
  • Jonathan P. Stoye | Senior Group Leader at The Francis Crick Institute, London, UK
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Oct 23, 2020
How to know slow slip events and anticipate future large earthquakes

The technology of positioning ourselves with satellites, called GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) positioning, is now inseparable from our lives. If we apply high-precision analysis technology for GNSS positioning, we can see the plate tectonics at a cm/year-order speed. When this high-precision observation is performed... click to read more

  • Yusuke Yokota | Lecturer at Institute of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
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Reading time 3 min
published on Oct 22, 2020