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"Peeling back the onion": a multi-layered approach to understand the dynamics of sleep

We now know that a good night's sleep is essential for maintaining optimal brain functioning and health. Many will have experienced the acute detrimental effects of "pulling an all-nighter" on attention and performance, which are usually quickly remedied by sleep. Chronically curtailed or disrupted sleep... click to read more

  • Maxime Jan | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Center for Integrative Genomics, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Paul Franken | Professor at Center for Integrative Genomics, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
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Reading time 4 min
published on Apr 17, 2019
The healthy happiness behind dog ownership

Dogs have been called man's best friend for several centuries and it is not uncommon to read about the stereotype benefits on health and well-being attributed to their companionship. Their presence in a home has been associated with longevity, less loneliness, better adaptation to living... click to read more

  • Mwenya Mubanga | PhD student at SciLifeLab, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
Views 1390
Reading time 2.5 min
published on Aug 16, 2018
Red in Tooth and Claw: another weapon against antibiotic resistance

Bacteria are an integral part of human life. These organisms are on your skin, in your mouth, your ears, and your gut. After birth, a diverse population is acquired by the age of three and remarkably the population is quite similar and just as diverse... click to read more

  • Nicholas A. Isley | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The Scripps Research Institute, BCC-483, 10550 N. Torrey Pines Rd. La Jolla, CA 92037
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Oct 3, 2017
Driving down malaria

Mosquitoes are the deadliest animals on earth, having killed more people than wars and plagues combined. This is because they spread debilitating diseases like malaria - which affects more than 200 million people each year. Despite a momentous effort to combat the disease over the... click to read more

  • Andrew Hammond | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Life Sciences, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Imperial College London, UK
  • Xenia Karlsson | M.Sc. student at Department of Life Sciences, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Imperial College London, UK
  • Ziyin Wang | M.Sc. student at Department of Life Sciences, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Imperial College London, UK
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Reading time 4 min
published on Jul 18, 2017
A Weekend Camping is Just What the Doctor Ordered

The invention of electrical lighting has permitted work and social activities to continue beyond sunlight, however it has also caused an unnatural desynchrony between human's biology and the environment. The body's internal timekeeping system (also called circadian clock) is designed to predict environmental time in... click to read more

  • Hannah Kent Ritchie | PhD student at Integrative Physiology Department, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder CO, USA
  • Ellen R. Stothard | PhD student at Department of Integrative Physiology, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder CO, USA
  • Kenneth P. Wright | Professor at Department of Integrative Physiology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA
Views 1962
Reading time 4 min
published on Jun 21, 2017