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The Great Migration: Tracking Immune Cells’ Travels

The Great Migration: Tracking Immune Cells’ Travels

The Great Migration: Tracking Immune Cells’...

Our immune cells, in particular, are always on the move, constantly patrolling the body for foreign invaders. For reasons that scientists don’t fully understand, the immune system sometimes becomes confused, sending a fleet of fighters to attack the body’s own tissues and organs. The result...

3-D Molecules Move into the Fast Lane

3-D Molecules Move into the Fast Lane

3-D Molecules Move into the Fast Lane

Thanks to computational and structural biology, we can create 3-D models of the biological “locks” and “keys” that may lead to breakthrough medicines.

Bodily Functions Explained: Goosebumps

Bodily Functions Explained: Goosebumps

Bodily Functions Explained: Goosebumps

A holdover from our prehistoric days, goosebumps are the end result of an adrenaline rush meant to ward off a big chill — or predators.

Science Fact or Science Fiction? We Only Use 10% Of Our Brains

Science Fact or Science Fiction? We Only Use 10% Of Our Brains

Science Fact or Science Fiction? We Only Use 10...

A long held science myth is  the claim that we “only use 10 percent of our brains.” “It’s a misunderstanding of how the human brain, or any mammalian brain for that matter, works,” says Tarek Samad, Head of Neurodegeneration Research at Pfizer’s Kendall Square Reseach site. 

Science Fact or Science Fiction? Exercise Is Bad for Arthritis

Science Fact or Science Fiction? Exercise Is Bad for Arthritis

Science Fact or Science Fiction? Exercise Is...

When it comes to the link between exercise and arthritis, the evidence from a wide range of studies strongly suggests that exercise not only improves function among people with arthritis but also helps them control pain better.

Bodily Functions Explained: Itch and Scratch

Bodily Functions Explained: Itch and Scratch

Bodily Functions Explained: Itch and Scratch

Meant to remove invaders, either infectious or simply irritating, a scratch is human skin’s first line of defense.

6 Views of a Neuron by Golgi and Cajal

6 Views of a Neuron by Golgi and Cajal

6 Views of a Neuron by Golgi and Cajal

Camillo Golgi and Santiago Ramón y Cajal stain cells and uncover the intricate secrets of the nervous system.

 Checking Our Gut Microorganisms’ Disease-Fighting Might

Checking Our Gut Microorganisms’ Disease-Fighting Might

Checking Our Gut Microorganisms’ Disease...

New gene sequencing tech is helping researchers harness the bacteria, viruses, and fungi that live in our bodies to fight disease.

Bodily Functions Explained: The Cough

Bodily Functions Explained: The Cough

Bodily Functions Explained: The Cough

It’s an everyday occurrence. A little tickle in your throat, a wayward speck of pollen, perhaps — or a bit of water traveling down the wrong pipe — and then a full-on chain reaction in your body.  ...

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