Muscle Regeneration: Clues From White Blood Cells

Muscle Regeneration: Clues From White Blood Cells

Muscle damage can be a result of injury, inactivity, or disease. Fortunately, researchers have identified a specific protein called CD163 that halts muscle repair after injury, providing some insight into possible treatments for humans with muscle damage. Working with mice in the laboratory allowed scientists to study this protein, which is produced by white blood […]

Resetting the Body Clock – Circadian Rhythms

Resetting the Body Clock – Circadian Rhythms

In a process known as phosphorylation phosphorus connects with a protein in the brain to reset our inner clocks. Triggered by light, this process synthesizes the proteins and resets our “clock” to adjust to our daily environmental cycles. Scientist mutated the protein in mice, gave them running wheels, and altered their light cycles. The mutated mice […]

Brittle bone disease: new hope?

Brittle bone disease: new hope?

Osteogenesis imperfecta, or brittle bone disease, occurs in about 1 in every 20,000 live births. This disease can be debilitating; the body has a difficult time forming new bones, and when bones do form, they aren’t very strong, so fractures are common. But now, there may be hope on the horizon for those suffering from […]

Opossums may hold the key to a new snake anti-venom

Opossums may hold the key to a new snake anti-venom

Opossums are surprising us again! This time, researchers are looking to opossums to potentially create a better antidote for snakebite victims. Interested? Read on! Researchers found that opossums have a specialized protein in their systems that protects them from certain types of snake venom. The protein binds with snake venom and helps to neutralize it […]

Alzheimer’s Disease: Trying to stop it before it starts

Alzheimer’s Disease: Trying to stop it before it starts

Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. In fact, while you’re reading this article, two Americans will be diagnosed with the disease. Fortunately, researchers are working hard to find answers, and new findings show that a molecule occurring naturally in humans could possibly delay the onset of Alzheimer’s. In […]

Tilapia: The next generation of Band-Aids?

Tilapia: The next generation of Band-Aids?

Tilapia is a popular fish, one that you’ll often find on the menu. But this fish might become much more popular, because it’s possible that tilapia could help heal your wounds, as well! Collagen is a major structural protein in animals. It’s known that applying collagen to a wound can help the skin heal faster. […]