Gene Therapy

Gene Therapy to Help People Overcome METH Addiction

Instead of using drugs or surgery, gene therapy is the modern experimental technique to treat or prevent any genetic disease. But a team at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences thinks that the same phenomena can be used to treat the disease of addiction by counteracting the high therapeutic concentrations that methamphetamine (METH) produces (In this context we should remember that currently there are no medications available to treat methamphetamine abuse disorders). Continue reading Gene Therapy to Help People Overcome METH Addiction

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FUGU

FUGU – Poisonous but Delicious

The flavor of food items varies with the different communities living in this wondrous planet. People seismically enlarge their tastes by finding different cooking recipes, both on vegetarian and non-vegetarian items. Out of such items, fishes remain as a regular food item for different bunches of people in this world. It may be known to some people that there are some countries (Japan, Korea, China) … Continue reading FUGU – Poisonous but Delicious

Picobalance

Picobalance – Weighing Single Cells in Your Body

When was the last time you measured your weight? Were you happy or depressed seeing the result on the scale? It does not matter how your body weight is changing, the cells you are made of are always fluctuating in fast millisecond time-scale (1/1000th of a second) and in tiny ‘picogram’ (10-12 gm) amount. This fluctuation of mass in single cells is the signature of … Continue reading Picobalance – Weighing Single Cells in Your Body

electronic skin

Electronic Skin – Inspired by Jellyfish

The electronic skin is integrated sensing skin capable of sensing touch, chemical, biological and temperature changes or variations built on flexible and stretchable substrates that are biocompatible and also biodegradable powered by stretchable solar cells and batteries. Scientists and researchers across the globe are busy in developing the electronic skin for prosthetics and also for robots. These skins are very sensitive, can detect almost all … Continue reading Electronic Skin – Inspired by Jellyfish

Cancerous

Study Reveals Cancerous Mutation is Mostly Bad Luck

Even if you have never touched a cigarette or any kind of tobacco products in life, there is a 66 percent chance that you can have cancer in future. Yes, that’s the truth. A study published in the journal Science has shocked the whole clinical world with their new findings regarding the genetic mutations of cells and their probability to transform into a cancerous one. … Continue reading Study Reveals Cancerous Mutation is Mostly Bad Luck

Deep-sea Mining

Deep-sea Mining for Smartphones Damaging the Rare Species Habitat

Due to the rapid expansion of modern civilization, the ocean ecosystems already have reached an alarming stage. Deep-sea mining is the new threat in the list of several others. On Sept. 26, 2017, The Japan Times reported about the successful mining of zinc, gold, copper, and several other minerals from the seabed off the coast of Okinawa. Till date, Japan heavily depends on mineral imports. … Continue reading Deep-sea Mining for Smartphones Damaging the Rare Species Habitat

Cancer

Cancer – A Historical Biopsy

Ancient literatures are full with the description of dreadful diseases and epidemics. Indus valley civilization was marked with seasonal appearance of tuberculosis, Hindu Vedas had terms to explain dropsy, Mesopotamians were familiar with migraines, Egyptians knew about seizure [1]. But interestingly the occurrence of cancer in ancient times is very rare. That tempts us to think that cancer is very modern disease and it has been … Continue reading Cancer – A Historical Biopsy

Jellyfish

How the Fluorescent Proteins from Jellyfish Illuminated the Entire Biology

In a summer of 1974, if you were at the Friday Harbor in Washington, besides the magnificent Pacific Ocean, you might have seen a scientist in his 40s had gathered with his friends and family. All they were doing was catching jellyfish from the sea. They would fill their buckets with jellyfish, cut their umbrella-like ends and send those all the way to Princeton University, … Continue reading How the Fluorescent Proteins from Jellyfish Illuminated the Entire Biology

Kinesin protein walking on microtubule

How Cell controls its traffic: insights into a molecular mystery

You are stuck in a traffic jam for an hour, exhausted and disgusted. Listening to music for a long time becomes seemingly boring. Suddenly your scientific mind triggers to ponder the question of whether is there any traffic system inside our body. Well, there must be. Otherwise, how molecules such as hormones, enzymes, and neurotransmitters are delivered to other places inside the cell or exported … Continue reading How Cell controls its traffic: insights into a molecular mystery