The Curious Case of Pigeon Beaks
Centuries of interbreeding taught early pigeon fanciers that beak length was likely regulated by just a few heritable factors. Yet modern geneticists have failed to solve Darwin’s mystery by pinpointing the molecular machinery controlling short beaks—until now.
Cracking the Code of Chronic Inflammation
Chronic inflammation occurs when the immune system spins out of control, and leads to a host of devastating and incurable immune-mediated diseases. Hear how scientists are deciphering new networks of immune regulation that operate locally as opposed to globally and how this can inform the development of safer, more targeted therapies for chronic inflammatory diseases.
How Organoids Help Us Understand Ourselves and Treat Diseases
What are organoids? Where do they come from? And how can organoids be used to help us understand and treat human diseases?
What Can Proteomics Teach Us About Disease? With Dr. Clare Paterson
In this Teach Me in 10, we are joined by Dr. Clare Paterson from SomaLogic. Dr. Paterson discusses the power of proteomics, exploring how proteomics has evolved from assessments of single analytes to sensitive, specific and high throughput technologies capable of generating a wealth of invaluable data.
Can You Actually Boost Your Immune System? Here's The Truth
Take vitamin C supplements when you feel a cold coming on? The problem is, you can't actually "strengthen" your immune system, says Dr. Jen Gunter.
How Does Sunscreen Work? Can It Really Prevent Wrinkles and Cancer?
It’s summer, and before you head to the beach or pool, you might slather on sunscreen. But is it doing anything beyond preventing a sunburn? Can it really prevent wrinkles and skin cancer?
Parkinson’s Isn’t Inherited (Usually), but This Gene Matters
We don’t know what causes non-hereditary Parkinson's disease, but researchers have recently identified a gene that might help shed some light on those cases.
The Discovery of Insulin
Nearly 100 years since insulin was first used in the treatment of diabetes, Professor Chantal Mathieu, Professor of Medicine at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, takes us through the history, development and future of this life-saving drug.
Getting Under Your Skin: The Immunology of Cuts and Bruises
Dr Mark Coles (University of York) discusses the role of the skin as a barrier to infections and what causes acne.
Why Are Mules Sterile?
Horse plus donkey — it seems like an unlikely combination. I mean, they're different species! And yet, when they get together, they can produce a mule or the lesser-known hinny. Either way, those offspring usually can't become parents themselves.