Nanoparticles signal the onset of Alzheimer’s disease

Nanoparticles signal the onset of Alzheimer’s disease

A failing memory coupled with a growing inability to carry out the simplest tasks may be a symptom of Alzheimer’s disease, where a build-up of solid plaques, composed of specific abnormal protein fragments, slowly destroys the brain’s nerve cells. So far, there have been very few methods in which the potentially fatal disease can beRead more about Nanoparticles signal the onset of Alzheimer’s disease[…]

Genes that make us human, make us ill

Genes that make us human, make us ill

The specific regions of human genome known as human accelerated regions (HARs) contain genes that shape complex social and cognitive behaviours, setting humans apart from chimpanzees, their closest kin, during evolution. However, little is known about the potential effects of genetic mutations that accumulate in those genome regions. The HARs have been found to containRead more about Genes that make us human, make us ill[…]

Did humans acquire common cold virus from camels?

Did humans acquire common cold virus from camels?

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) are coronaviruses that can infect and kill humans. A new study sheds light on their origins and ecological history, which thus far have been largely unknown. By sequencing and comparing the genes of coronaviruses in dromedary camels, bats and humans, an international research teamRead more about Did humans acquire common cold virus from camels?[…]