Say hello to Spike.
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
It's the part of coronavirus that helps the virus get into your cells – and also the target of the leading vaccines.
The older you get, the more slowly you heal, and there are a number of reasons why.
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Healing is a complicated process. As people age, higher rates of disease and the fact that old cells lose the ability to divide slow this process down.
Fluorescent human cells seen through a microscope.
Our cells may be small, but they are mighty. And they are made of lots of amazing stuff, from the DNA that tells your body how to grow, to mini skeletons that let cells move around.
We wanted to find out which biological phenomena are crucial for pattern formation and which are just incidental. These sorts of questions can be answered with mathematical modelling.
Known as Mary Beale’s ‘Portrait of a Mathematician,’ could the circa 1680 painting depict Hooke?
Online sleuthing and deductive reasoning identifies what appears to be the only existent portrait painted of the celebrated scientist during his lifetime.
Our brains communicate information in a manner that can be likened to an air traffic controller.
Air traffic controllers have to process and manage large amounts of information to get airplanes to their destinations. The brain manages the incessant traffic of neurons in a similar fashion.
A molecule responsible for lowering our blood pressure also helps coronavirus get into our cells and replicate. And it occurs more in men than in women.
The relationship between the coronavirus and human genetics is murky.
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Researchers from Oregon Health and Science University found that variations in genes that code for parts of the cellular alarm system might play a role in how well people fight off COVID-19.
Testing in cells is an important and exciting first step.
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Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, identified nine existing drugs that show promise to treat COVID-19. The proteins they target haven't been tried before.
Our bodies are made up of cells that multiply to repair our organs. But organs like our liver and skin are better at regeneration than our brain.
Sweat keeps the human body cool, but why does it stink?
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What is the smell of sweat? An artist recreates the pungent body odor as an art installation.
A battery's power comes from a chemical reaction that happens inside the cell.
Motile cilia are antenna-like projections on our body’s cells.
Cilia appear on nearly every cell in the body and their presence (or lack of) can drastically change our health.
Got the time?
Plant cells signal between each other in order to agree what time it is.
No contemporary portrait of Robert Hooke seems to have survived. This 2004 oil painting is based on descriptions during his lifetime.
Born on July 18, 1635, this polymath broke ground in fields ranging from pneumatics, microscopy, mechanics and astronomy to civil engineering and architecture.
Meat of the future might be quite different from meat of the past.
Stanley Kubrick, photographer, LOOK Magazine Photograph Collection, Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-USZ6-2352.
It's relatively easy to grow a bunch of animal cells to turn into a burger. But to grow a steak made of cultured meat is a trickier task. Bioengineers must create organized, three-dimensional tissues.
We previously thought mitochondrial DNA could only be passed on by mothers.
DNA knot as seen under the electron microscope.
Mathematical models can describe the many shapes of DNA, as well as cellular processes like DNA replication.
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.