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The colour beige: heating up the fat

In mammals, adipose tissue is a specialized tissue that functions as the major storage site for fat. When glucose supplies are low (for example when an organism is food-deprived), the stored fat can be used to produce energy, so that the organism may be constantly... click to read more

  • Caterina Da Rè | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Molecular Biology, University of Geneva, Switzerland
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Apr 1, 2016
One run a day keeps the...cancer away!

A healthy life-style, including regular exercise, has long been associated with the prevention of diabetes and heart attack. Moreover, exercise helps to lower other major disease risk factors, e.g. obesity and high blood pressure. When it comes to cancer, it is suggested that exercise confers... click to read more

  • Per thor Straten | Professor at Centre for Cancer Immune Therapy, Copenhagen University Hospital Herlev, Denmark
  • Manja Idorn | PhD student at Centre for Cancer Immune Therapy, Copenhagen University Hospital Herlev, Denmark
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on May 5, 2016
SERINC5: a blood cell guardian against HIV

HIV-1 is a virus that currently affects 36 million people worldwide. While the trend of the epidemic has slowed down in recent years thanks to a drug cocktail capable of efficiently inhibiting virus replication, neither a preventive vaccine nor an eradication therapy exist. New targets... click to read more

  • Massimo Pizzato | Associate Professor at Centre for Integrated Biology, University of Trento, Italy
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published on May 13, 2016
How early-life adversity gets under the skin

Many women experience mental health problems during pregnancy and this can have health consequences for the unborn child. Indeed, a wealth of research findings have now shown that women with depression and anxiety in pregnancy are more likely to give birth prematurely, to have a... click to read more

  • Joanne Ryan | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI), Melbourne, Australia
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published on May 19, 2016
Exploring nature to treat multiple sclerosis

The chemical diversity in nature is unprecedented and exploring natural products for medical applications has a long tradition with many successful stories to be told. As a matter of fact, natural products or natural product-derived pharmaceuticals, constitute about half of all medical drugs on the... click to read more

  • Christian W. Gruber | Assistant Professor at School of Biomedical Sciences, The University of Queensland, Australia
  • Carsten Gründemann | PD Dr. rer. nat. at Environmental Health Sciences and Hospital Infection control, Universitätsklinikum Freiburg, Germany
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Nov 16, 2016