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  • The Biology of Sugars Points to a Sweet Strategy for Treating Cancer

    via SA: Over the last few decades, researchers tinkering with molecules that turn an immune cell on and off have created a revolutionary approach to fighting cancer. Instead of taking aim at the tumor directly, this new class of medicines harnesses the patient’s own immune cells to tackle the disease. Immune-based cancer therapies are saving thousands of lives, and the science behind them earned this year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. These drugs, called checkpoint […]

  • Quantum Biology: Spooky, Mysterious, and Fundamental to Life Itself

    Quantum Biology: Spooky, Mysterious, and Fundamental to Life Itself

    via Interesting Engineering: As little as a decade ago, scientists were sure that the chemistry of life and the weird chemistry of the quantum world were completely separate things. Quantum effects were usually observed only on the nanometer scale, surrounded by hard vacuum, ultra-low temperatures, and a tightly controlled laboratory environment. Biology, however, is a macroscopic world that is warm, messy, and anything but controlled. It seemed elementary that a quantum phenomenon such as ‘coherence’, in […]

  • New platform based on biology and nanotechnology carries mRNA directly to target cells

    New platform based on biology and nanotechnology carries mRNA directly to target cells

    via Phys.org: Delivering an effective therapeutic payload to specific target cells with few adverse effects is considered by many to be the holy grail of medical research. A new Tel Aviv University study explores a biological approach to directing nanocarriers loaded with protein “game changers” to specific cells. The groundbreaking method may prove useful in treating myriad malignancies, inflammatory diseases and rare genetic disorders. Prof. Dan Peer, director of the Laboratory of Precision Nanomedicine at the […]

  • Study links genes to social behaviors, including autism

    Study links genes to social behaviors, including autism

    via Phys.org: Those pesky bees that come buzzing around on a muggy summer day are helping researchers reveal the genes responsible for social behaviors. A new study published this week found that the social lives of sweat bees—named for their attraction to perspiration—are linked to patterns of activity in specific genes, including ones linked to autism. “Bees have complex social behaviors, and with this species of bee, we can directly compare individuals that live in social […]

  • Biology Week 2018: the scientists studying what makes cancer tick

    Biology Week 2018: the scientists studying what makes cancer tick

    via ICR: Looking back to the Royal Society of Biology’s 7th annual Biology Week, Sarah Wells met with Professor Jon Pines, Head of the ICR’s Division of Cancer Biology, to find out what the division has been working on, and where he sees our fundamental biology research going next. Here at the ICR, we are making great inroads in finding new treatments and improving the lives of people who have cancer. To make sure that we […]