Immunology

What protects killer immune cells from harming themselves?

White blood cells, which release a toxic potion of proteins to kill cancerous and virus-infected cells, are protected from any harm by the physical properties of their cell envelopes, find scientists from UCL and the Peter ...

Cardiology

Quantitative assessment of the blood coagulation cascade

Thrombosis is a harmful activation of the clotting process that prevents bleeding in healthy people. Thrombosis is associated with the occurrence of strokes, ischemic heart disease, and other blood vessel-related diseases. ...

Neuroscience

Electricity sparks neuronal diversity during brain development

The cerebral cortex is a highly developed brain region responsible for intellectual functions such as conscious perception, anticipation of events and language. These functions are mediated by specific sets of neuronal circuits. ...

Neuroscience

Rebuilding spinal cords with an engineer's toolkit

Like an earthquake that ruptures a road, traumatic spinal cord injuries render the body's neural highway impassable. To date, there are neither workable repairs nor detours that will restore signal flow between the brain ...

Oncology & Cancer

Scientists discover electrical control of cancer cell growth

The molecular switches regulating human cell growth do a great job of replacing cells that die during the course of a lifetime. But when they misfire, life-threatening cancers can occur. Research led by scientists at The ...

Medical research

Bioelectric signals can be used to detect early cancer

Biologists at Tufts University School of Arts and Sciences have discovered a bioelectric signal that can identify cells that are likely to develop into tumors. The researchers also found that they could lower the incidence ...

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Electric charge

Electric charge is a fundamental conserved property of some subatomic particles, which determines their electromagnetic interaction. Electrically charged matter is influenced by, and produces, electromagnetic fields. The interaction between a moving charge and an electromagnetic field is the source of the electromagnetic force, which is one of the four fundamental forces.

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