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Content: Volume 8, Issue 2

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Figuring out the evolved chemistry of fig trees

Furanocoumarins are small organic molecules produced by plants and known to play defense roles against pathogens and herbivores. Interestingly, some of them are also potential treatments for cancer or vitiligo. These compounds are found in specific but surprisingly distantly related plant families, such as in... click to read more

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published on May 20, 2022
Blocking protein folding to fight antibiotic resistance

Antibiotics are medicines that prevent and cure bacterial infections. They are essential for treating a wide variety of diseases and underpin much of modern healthcare, including cancer treatment, surgery, and organ transplants. Unfortunately, bacteria can develop the ability to survive antibiotic treatment. This is called antibiotic... click to read more

  • R. Christopher D. Furniss | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Science for Life Laboratory, Department of Molecular Biosciences, The Wenner-Gren Institute, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Nikol Kaderabkova | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Molecular Biosciences, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, United States
  • Despoina A.I. Mavridou | Assistant Professor at Department of Molecular Biosciences and John Ring LaMontagne Center for Infectious Diseases, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, United States
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published on May 13, 2022
Magic Squares: A children’s puzzle meets quantum physics

Magic squares have fascinated people for centuries. A magic square is a grid of numbers such that every column and row sum up to the same number, called the “magic constant”. For example, a magic square can be seen on the façade of the Sagrada... click to read more

  • Gemma de las Cuevas | Professor at Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria
  • Tom Drescher | Postdoctoral Researcher at Department of Mathematics, University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria
  • Tim Netzer | Professor at Department of Mathematics, University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria
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published on May 9, 2022
Watching the death of a distant galaxy

A large fraction of the stars of the present-day Universe is enclosed in giant, round-shaped galaxies, called “ellipticals”. Elliptical galaxies host very old stars, formed more than 10 billion years ago when the universe was still young. Despite the large availability of gas (the fuel... click to read more

  • Annagrazia Puglisi | Post-doc Research Associate at Centre for Extragalactic Astronomy, Department of Physics, Durham University, Durham, UK
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published on May 4, 2022
Genetics agrees: Africa is thriving in diversity

Since the Human Genome Project published the first sequence of the human DNA code in 2001, the field of human genetics has dramatically expanded. New studies have identified specific changes in the DNA code (or genetic variants) that are linked to why some people are... click to read more

  • Neil Hanchard | Associate Professor at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA
  • Ananyo Choudhury | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Zane Lombard | Senior Scientist at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
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published on Apr 27, 2022