Team tracks integrin’s role in lung function

Beta-1 integrin, a critical component of epithelial extracellular matrix receptors, is essential for normal lung function in adulthood, researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have discovered. In a mouse model, deleting the gene for beta-1 integrin from the epithelial cells lining the alveoli of the adult lung, where the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide

What's a Surrogate Therapist? Let Kim Kardashian Explain

We all know that choosing to have a baby via surrogacy is no simple matter. Just the mere mention of the topic brings up countless questions about physical and financial logistics. Then there’s the emotional side of it all, both for the parents-to-be and the surrogate. Kim Kardashian West recently spoke about how she got

What the brain really thinks about forever chemicals

The human-made chemicals that make our kitchen pans stick-free, our athletic wear water-repellent and firefighting chemicals more efficient do their jobs incredibly well, but it’s at the expense of lingering in the body and environment for what is believed to be forever. These forever chemicals, perfluorooctane sulfonate and perfluorooctanoic acid, more commonly known as PFOS

Traces of immortality in tumor DNA

To gain an infinite lifespan, cancer cells need to maintain the ends of their chromosomes, known as telomeres. They achieve this in various ways. Scientists from the German Cancer Research Center systematically investigated more than 2,500 tumor genomes of 36 types of cancer to find out how these mechanisms are manifest in changes in the

More pieces of the autism puzzle uncovered

A major international study from the Autism Sequencing Consortium with participation of researchers from the Danish iPSYCH psychiatry project, has recently mapped 102 new autism genes. The new findings provide a new understanding of the biology behind autism, which could in the future be utilised to provide an earlier and more precise diagnosis and better

New discovery provides hope for improved multiple sclerosis therapies

Scientists from Trinity College Dublin have made an important discovery that could lead to more effective treatments for people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) and other autoimmune diseases such as psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis. Their work highlights the significant potential of drugs targeting a specific immune molecule (IL-17) implicated in MS. The scientists, led by

The truth about forever roses

Everyone loves flowers. But there are those of us that hate buying flowers for Valentine’s Day or simply to dress up our homes — not because they aren’t beautiful, but because they don’t last very long, and to be honest, we feel terrible about paying for something that goes from gorgeous to grungy in just

Positive outcome for Hendra antibody trial

A process developed by University of Queensland researchers to produce larger quantities of the Hendra virus therapeutic antibody could be expanded to manufacture treatments for other potentially deadly viruses around the world. Researchers at UQ’s Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) used this process to produce material for Queensland Health’s world-first human Hendra virus