Cancer is the leading cause of death in the world.
Julio C. Valencia, NCI Center for Cancer Research
Synthetic biology allows us to engineer biological cells. This could help us tackle cancer in remarkable ways.
The ‘immortal’ HeLa cells.
Henrietta Lacks's 'immortal' cells changed medical research – although she never knew that.
New research shows viruses can effectively turn bacteria into animal-like cells.
Dividing breast cancer cell.
Understanding how cell signalling goes wrong could lead to the development of precision cancer treatments.
Brain by Shutterstock
Using light to manipulate cells is leading to some startling findings.
Here's how scientists are seeking to turn the building blocks of life into the building blocks of ... well, buildings.
The original antigenic sin has made fighting diseases really difficult.
Innovative initiative aims to inspire pupils on the continent to take up careers in science.
Novel drugs that reduce the spread of cancer in mice could pave the way for changing the way we fight tumours.
What the world is waiting for?
Since science made it possible to research manipulating the cells that are linked to reproduction, the naysayers have carried the day. But how solid are their objections really?
Green lasers glowing within cells.
Matjaž Humar and Seok Hyun Yun
Using fluorescent dye, researchers figured out how to turn cells into lasers – with applications for cell tagging and tracking as well as medical diagnoses and therapies.
Melanoma skin cancer.
National Cancer Institute
Immune cells dealing with inflammation can be lured in by nearby cancer cells to grow, but the finding may also mean a new way to kill them.
Hydrothermal vents on the seafloor hold the key to understanding the evolution of cellular life.
Centre for Geobiology (University of Bergen, Norway) by R.B. Pedersen
Microbe can explain how ancient ancestors of simple cells like bacteria evolved into the complex cells that make up humans.
Scientists have revealed the structure of human-like proteins produced by viruses to fool our immune system. Researchers…
British researchers have developed a new way of tracing the life history of individual cells back to their origins in the…
Low-density lipoprotein (LDL), also known as bad cholesterol, is the main factor in cancer’s ability to spread throughout…
Scientists in the US have genetically modified the immune cells of 12 HIV positive patients, to make them HIV resistant…
Researchers have successfully reversed one of the effects of ageing in animals, and could be used to treat human diseases…
A group of cells within the brain that helps humans avoid accidents have been identified. The cells detect edges and help…
A good yarn: chromosomes are shared out to dividing cells by mitotic spindles.
Cells use a tiny machine called the mitotic spindle to share genetic material equally between cells when they divide. But when this process goes wrong it can lead to cancer. For many years we’ve been interested…
How does a hippo know it should be big?
Mammals display an incredible diversity in size. The largest mammal, the blue whale, can grow up to 30m long and weigh up to 200 tonnes. Now compare that to the Bumblebee bat, which is 3cm long and weighs…