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Shuttle service for metastatic cancer cells

The majority of cancer-related deaths are due to the spread of cancer cells throughout the body, a process called metastasis. While we still do not fully understand how metastasis works, an important role is attributed to the "disobedience" of a patient's own immune cells. In... click to read more

  • Barbara M. Szczerba | PhD student at University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
  • Nicola Aceto | Assistant Professor at University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Views 304
Reading time 3 min
published on Aug 7, 2019
Sleeping bacteria survive antibiotic treatment and hijack the host immune system

Since the 1940s, it has become easier to treat bacterial infections due to the discovery of antibiotics. These drugs work by corrupting active processes in bacteria, such as the ability to make DNA or proteins. By taking antibiotics when we are infected, we kill most... click to read more

  • Daphne Stapels | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Imperial College London, London, UK
  • Peter Hill | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Imperial College London, London, UK
Views 1003
Reading time 3.5 min
published on May 6, 2019
Empowering the immune system to fight against cancer

It is well known that to grow and invade different organs, tumours must find ways to evade several layers of controls that are in place in our body. The immune system, a complex network of cells and antibodies has been shaped by evolution to protect... click to read more

  • Giovanni Germano | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at School of Medicine, University of Torino, Turin, Italy
Views 1419
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Oct 22, 2018
Cold adaptation: gut bacteria can make the difference

If someone told you that in our body we harbour billions of bacteria, surely you would feel mocked, but it's true! There is evidence showing that microbes colonize all the part of our body that are exposed to the external environment (like mouth and skin),... click to read more

  • Daniele Guido | PhD student at Department of Cell Physiology and Metabolism, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Views 2111
Reading time 3 min
published on Sep 7, 2016
SERINC5: a blood cell guardian against HIV

HIV-1 is a virus that currently affects 36 million people worldwide. While the trend of the epidemic has slowed down in recent years thanks to a drug cocktail capable of efficiently inhibiting virus replication, neither a preventive vaccine nor an eradication therapy exist. New targets... click to read more

  • Massimo Pizzato | Associate Professor at Centre for Integrated Biology, University of Trento, Italy
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on May 13, 2016