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Content: Volume 4, Issue 2

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Alzheimer’s: A New Approach to Treating an Old Disease

"Memory is all we are. Take a man's memories and you take all of him." (Mark Lawrence). Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia. It is the only one of the top ten causes of death in the US for which there is... click to read more

  • Pamela Maher | Research Assistant at Salk Institute for Biological Studies, Cellular Neurobiology Laboratory, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Apr 3, 2018
Obesity: The heavyweight of cancer

Obesity rivals tobacco as the leading preventable risk factor leading to cancer and is associated with reduced patient survival. While most people are aware of the connection between smoking and cancer, the connection with obesity is currently underappreciated. In fact, it is estimated that obesity... click to read more

  • Daniela Quail | Assistant Professor at Goodman Cancer Research Centre, Department of Physiology, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • Oakley Olson | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Genetics and Development, Columbia University, New York, United States
  • Johanna Joyce | Professor at Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Department of Oncology, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
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Reading time 4 min
published on Apr 12, 2018
The fragrance of plants: how their perfume pervades the air

One of the most seemingly boring aspects of plants is perhaps the most exciting. Plants are sessile organisms, which means that they do not move. In order to respond to environmental stresses and to interact with other organisms, plants instead rely on a chemical language. Volatiles,... click to read more

  • Joshua Widhalm | Assistant Professor at Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2010, USA
  • Funmilayo Adebesin | PhD student at Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2010, USA
  • Natalia Dudareva | Distinguished Professor at Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2010, USA
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Apr 18, 2018
Exercise helps restore aged muscles

Much like parts on an older car become rusted and need to be replaced, muscle cells can accumulate damage which may contribute to declines in function with age. But instead of going to a mechanic, a trip to the gym may stimulate the replacement of... click to read more

  • Matthew Robinson | Assistant Professor at School of Biological and Population Health Sciences, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis OR 97331, USA
  • Sreekumaran Nair | Professor at Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, Scottsdale, AZ 85259, USA
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Apr 20, 2018
The ancient origin of some modern Asian populations revealed by ancient DNA

The origin and the evolution of today's diverse populations is a complex process to study and clarify. Nevertheless, the recovery of genetic material from old remains such as bones, the so-called ancient DNA (aDNA), adds a new important source of information. aDNA can provide information on... click to read more

  • Veronika Siska | PhD student at Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, David Attenborough Building, The Old Schools, Trinity Ln, Cambridge CB2 1TN, UK
  • Andrea Manica | University Reader at Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, David Attenborough Building, The Old Schools, Trinity Ln, Cambridge CB2 1TN, UK
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Reading time 3 min
published on Apr 25, 2018