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Unlocking the Secrets of Biology With Novel 3D Imaging Technology

Unlocking the Secrets of Biology With Novel 3D Imaging Technology

Unlocking the Secrets of Biology With Novel 3D...

Shoh Asano’s grandfather first taught him how to use a microscope as a child. He’d pull the antique instrument from its wooden box to examine leaves and other specimens gathered outdoors. “I’ve always been interested in looking deeper into the natural world to visualize life directly as it’s...

Studying a Cell’s 'Messages in a Bottle' to Unlock Clues to Disease

Studying a Cell’s 'Messages in a Bottle' to Unlock Clues to Disease

Studying a Cell’s 'Messages in a Bottle' to...

Cells have a variety of ways of communicating with one another, cytokines and neurotransmitters being two such methods. ...

Speeding Up The Drug Approval Process

Speeding Up The Drug Approval Process

Speeding Up The Drug Approval Process

Drug development is often a long and risky endeavor often taking 10-15 years of clinical trials. For patients anxiously awaiting the next generation of life-saving and sustaining therapies made possible by exciting advancements in molecular genetics, immunology and rare disease research, that...

How Does It Feel to Have Sickle-Cell Disease?: When Listening to Patients Gives Researchers Clues

How Does It Feel to Have Sickle-Cell Disease?: When Listening to Patients Gives Researchers Clues

How Does It Feel to Have Sickle-Cell Disease?:...

Molecular biologists certainly have the insider’s view of a disease. They know (or try to find out) how it operates in the body on a cellular level. But the mechanisms of a particular condition aren’t the only thing that matters to these scientists. Starting “outside,” say by learning more about...

A Superbug Problem: When Routine Surgeries Turn Dangerous

A Superbug Problem: When Routine Surgeries Turn Dangerous

A Superbug Problem: When Routine Surgeries Turn...

You go in for an elective knee replacement surgery, hoping to be able to climb the stairs again without pain, and end up with more than you bargained for: a potentially life-threatening bacterial infection caused by Staphylococcus aureus (also referred to as S. aureus, Staphylococcus, or staph...

Not Just Cosmetic: The Pain of Alopecia and the Search for A Cure

Not Just Cosmetic: The Pain of Alopecia and the Search for A Cure

Not Just Cosmetic: The Pain of Alopecia and the...

The phrase “only skin deep” implies that looks are superficial — and insignificant. But we regularly judge, and choose whether or not to connect with, other people based on how they look. That’s why the patchy hair loss experienced by sufferers of Alopecia areata (AA), an autoimmune disease,...

Common Misconceptions About Leukemia Explained

Common Misconceptions About Leukemia Explained

Common Misconceptions About Leukemia Explained

More than 62,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with Leukemia a year, a severe blood cancer, where the bone marrow produces abnormal cells. ...

The Science Behind the Winter Blues

The Science Behind the Winter Blues

The Science Behind the Winter Blues

As the days grow darker and colder, many of us occasionally experience the winter doldrums. A small percentage of the US population (about 1 to 10 percent, depending on where you live), however, suffers a more severe form of the blues known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), with symptoms such...

Reducing the Pull of Memories to Fight Drug Addiction Relapse

Reducing the Pull of Memories to Fight Drug Addiction Relapse

Reducing the Pull of Memories to Fight Drug...

Sscientific evidence has established that drug addiction is a chronic illness that produces lasting changes to the brain’s chemistry and function. The latest brain research reveals that drug addiction may have such a powerful grip on individuals because it affects our learning and memory...

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