Category: New Research

Is CRISPR as Accurate as We Think?

CRISPR has been the talk of the medicine world for a while because of its incredible accuracy for gene editing. The hope is that CRISPR will cure genetic diseases and end all suffering caused by them. Companies have been pouring money into the potential that this technology holds. But a new study has suggested that ...

Exact Moment a Tau Protein Starts to Become Toxic

Alzheimer’s Disease is characterized by Amyloid plaques and tangles, which are basically a bunch of proteins that are folded into a shape allowing multiple copies of the protein to stick together. Interestingly, a new study states that they have discovered the precise moment that these proteins start to become neurodegenerative. Even though over half a ...

Editing Cancer Cells to Fight Cancer Cells

CRISPR it the revolutionary gene-editing tool that is taking over the health and medicine world. It is now being used as a cancer-fighting mechanism through the editing the tumour cells to kill other cancer cells. Cancer cells have this strange “rehoming” behaviour where they return to the original tumour after metastasizing – or spreading to ...

Potential Blood Test for Autism

Autism Spectrum Disorder encompasses a large group of developmental disorders characterized by deficits in social interaction and communication, and the expression of restrictive and repetitive behaviours and/or interests. An incredible new study highlights the need for early diagnosis and offers a way to test if a child is on the spectrum by looking at the ...

Parasite manipulates more than we know

You’ve probably heard of the parasites that transmit malaria or ringworm. These predators are organisms that live on in a host. In many cases, they can influence the behaviour of the host to their own benefit, sometimes causing them to act with more risky tendencies. Influencing the host to act with less caution means that ...

New Organ Discovered?

So, I thought that we knew the inner workings of the human body pretty well, but it turns out we only thought we did. A press release came out on the 27th of March stating that a new organ may have been discovered! It has been called the interstitium, and it’s found just below the ...

Plastic Waste Increases Disease Susceptibility in Coral Reefs

Coral reefs contain the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet and are important for many reasons. They protect coastlines from the harmful effects of wave action and tropical storms, and they provide habitats and shelter for many marine organisms. But the sad truth is that coral reefs are dying around the world, from pollution, and ...

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