The immune system is very complicated, but now, it's on a chip

To quote veteran science writer Ed Yong's simple yet extremely accurate words in The Atlantic, "The immune system is very complicated." As the COVID-19 pandemic had made abundantly clear, science still doesn't fully understand ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

The right balance against omicron

The omicron wave could possibly be less devastating than currently predicted by the most pessimistic scenarios. However, this can only succeed if a large part of the population adapts its behavior to the epidemic situation ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Supplement could protect against fetal Zika infection

The Zika virus shunts carbon atoms away from the important glucose metabolism pathway in infected fetuses, leading to a cascade of events that significantly impact fetal development. But giving pregnant mothers a readily ...


Apterous protein plays a crucial double role in retaining memories

Researchers from Tokyo Metropolitan University have gained insights into the biochemistry of long-term memory. Studying fruit flies, they found that the Apterous (Ap) protein plays a crucial double role in retaining memories. ...


Experimental compound counters diabetic complications

An experimental compound reduced complications of type 1 and type 2 diabetes in mice—not by lowering blood sugar—but by countering its consequences: cell death, inflammation, and organ damage.


Food scientists create zinc index for human body

Zinc deficiency is prevalent around the world, and among children, these mineral shortfalls can lead to stunting, embryonic malformations and neurobehavioral abnormalities. Over several decades, science has improved understanding ...

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Model organism

A model organism is a species that is extensively studied to understand particular biological phenomena, with the expectation that discoveries made in the organism model will provide insight into the workings of other organisms. In particular, model organisms are widely used to explore potential causes and treatments for human disease when human experimentation would be unfeasible or unethical. This strategy is made possible by the common descent of all living organisms, and the conservation of metabolic and developmental pathways and genetic material over the course of evolution. Studying model organisms can be informative, but care must be taken when generalizing from one organism to another.

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