Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

How cholera bacteria make people so sick

The enormous adaptability of the cholera bacterium explains why it is able to claim so many victims. Professor Ariane Briegel from the Leiden Institute of Biology has now discovered that this adaptability is due to rapid ...

Medical research

With mini-vessels, mini-brains expand research potential

Scientists have recently made a wondrous variety of mini-brains—3-D cultures of neural cells that model basic properties of living brains—but a new finding could add to the field's growing excitement in an entirely new ...

Immunology

Immune cells cast nets to save us from harm

Our immune cells can undergo a spectacular form of cell death, using their own DNA to make nets that kill infectious microbes. Now for the first time, advanced microscopy techniques have allowed scientists to visualise details ...

Oncology & Cancer

To stop cancer's spread, take out its communication channels

Metastasis - or the spread of cancer from one part of the body to other parts - accounts for more than 90 percent of cancer-related deaths. Although the cells that seed metastasis and the sites that they tend to travel to ...

Oncology & Cancer

Research project aimed at improving cancer treatment

An undergraduate engineering student at the University of Alberta is taking part in leading-edge medical research that could have a profound effect on the type of treatment some cancer patients receive.

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