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.
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.
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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.