disease

‘Big data’ drills down into metabolic details

Rice University bioengineers have introduced a fast computational method to model tissue-specific metabolic pathways. Their algorithm may help researchers find new therapeutic targets for cancer and other diseases. Metabolic pathways are immense networks of biochemical reactions that keep organisms functioning…



Bat ‘super immunity’ could help protect people

For the first time researchers have uncovered a unique ability in bats which allows them to carry but remain unaffected by lethal diseases. Unlike humans, bats keep their immune systems switched on 24/7 and scientists believe this could hold the…



Engineered gene drives and the future

Engineered gene drives, which have the potential to spread desirable genes throughout wild populations or to suppress harmful species, have received a lot of recent attention because of their potential to control organisms, such as mosquitoes that carry diseases such…


Poor air quality kills 5.5 million worldwide annually

New research shows that more than 5.5 million people die prematurely every year due to household and outdoor air pollution. More than half of deaths occur in two of the world’s fastest growing economies, China and India. Power plants, industrial…



Immune System Offers Major Clue to Schizophrenia

Researchers carry out gene studies to track the cause of schizophrenia at the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Winning a rare insight into the cause of schizophrenia and possible ways to treat it, scientists in Boston say they have identified…