Sailfish: the fastest fish in the world?

The fascination for speed runs deep in humans: we are in awe of fast cars and the 100-meter race is the most popular event at the Olympics. More »

Nerves are required to repair the injured heart

Cardiovascular diseases (CVD), such as heart attack, are responsible for approximately 18 million deaths each year, which accounts More »

Can the developmental synchrony be affected by the mothers?

Biological synchrony is a ubiquitous yet highly diverse phenomenon, with examples as wide-ranging as More »

Regulation of mediator’s expression and chemotaxis in mast cells

The increasing prevalence of inflammatory diseases worldwide underlines the importance to study the molecular mechanisms leading to these disorders More »


Microalgae – a potential biocatalyst for waste remediation with value Addition


Microalgae have the ability to sequester carbon dioxide, and grow in nutrient-rich environments and accumulate nutrients and metals from wastewater contributing for environmental sustainability and carbon neutrality. More recently, utility of microalgae as biocatalyst is garnered much

On the track of DNA damage in insects


DNA is a molecule containing all information necessary for proper function, development, growth, and reproduction of an organism. DNA usually consists of two strands, which are made of nucleotides. Each of them contains one nitrogen nucleobase –

Brain bypass: current trends in the treatment of patients with complex cerebrovascular disease


Cerebral Revascularization or bypass is the neurosurgical equivalent of coronary artery bypass. In these procedures a surgeon uses existing vessels in the head and brain or vessels harvested from another part of the body to either replace

Locking out HIV from human cells: a new powerful approach


Picture your home, the safest place in the world. And now imagine a criminal that wants to enter and become you home landlord. And imagine that the criminal has the key. What would you do to protect

Shortness of breath from exercise: facts and fiction


Both athletes and aspiring young athletes can be concerned about getting excessively short of breath during exercise. Does that mean there is something wrong? The answer is maybe or maybe not.  All too often, the assumption is

Women less likely than men to stick to cardiac rehab programs

Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in North America and it occurs more in women than in men. After a sudden heart event, women are more likely than men to die, more likely to have

Do abstract paintings feel cold or warm?


We found that people do associate what they see with their own eyes with a tactile sensation even in the absence of an obvious parallel. It would be no surprise to find that pictures of a sweater

Nonbenign parathyroid tumors in patients with multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1: Atypical neoplasms and parathyroid carcinoma


Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN1) is a genetic disorder characterized by usually benign tumors of the parathyroid glands, pancreatic islets, and anterior pituitary. The genetic etiology of MEN1 is localized to the MEN1 gene located on

Skin cells help to find new drugs for dying neurons


Huntington disease (HD) is an inherited disease that causes the progressive death of nerve cells in the brain structure. In mid ages this leads to several symptoms including uncontrolled twitching movements, called chorea, emotional problems, and loss

Focusing on the most relevant gene variants in inherited breast and ovarian cancer

Modern sequencing technology (which has begun to become adopted in clinical labs) can provide invaluable genetic information of individuals, such as those with a family history of early onset breast cancer. However, this information also results in

Hydrogen bonded Frameworks for CO2 capture and more


Hydrogen bonded frameworks (HOFs) have been known for a long time. In recent times, there has been enormous interest in their rational design from a wide library of hydrogen bonding molecules with varying geometries. Among the porous

Nanodiamonds are just around the corner


The expansion of nanotechnology cause increased penetration of nanoparticles into the environment and their exposure of animals becomes inevitable. Consequently studies on their effects and potential toxicity is now gaining attention. Nanodiamonds (ND) are allotropes of carbon

Dr. Stanko Sielski (1891–1958): Physician, scientist, humanist


It will soon be 125 years since the birth of Dr. Stanko Sielski, the physician, humanist and scientist, who is worthy of our interest, not only in the field of medicine, but also in the fields of

Visualizing gelsolin amyloid with nanobodies; small molecules with big potential


Amyloidosis is a group of diseases characterized by the deposition of aggregated proteins, or protein fragments, in tissues and organs. The diseases differ from each other in the causative protein, but once aggregation starts, they all result

Serotonin and sleep regulation: cellular and molecular mechanisms


Serotonin ( 5-HT ) is a neurotransmitter, which plays major roles in several physiological functions including circadian rhythmicity, appetite, thermoregulation, nociception, emotion and cognition. The relationship between 5-HT and sleep was demonstrated by several experiments, including in particular an

Prevention of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy: a novel application of the polypill concept

Nearly 287.000 women die every year during pregnancy, childbirth or within 42 days after birth. Most of these deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries in Africa, Asia and South-America, and could have been prevented if women