Splice summer series brings you the interesting discussion with the most intriguing and provocative minds in modern science. If you ever run out of ideas for your scientific research or get stuck while thinking about your career, these short shots of inspiration can give you a new perspective on trends in science and the global community to which you as a scientist and a researcher belong.
How old are you? Are you sure that’s what your body thinks?
Rejuvenation. Health and quality of life it provides. Major things we all strive for this way or the other. How do we know how old our body actually is? Does our biological age actually correlate with our chronological age?
Engineers from University of California have designed wireless sensors as small as a grain of sand which can be implanted in the body and are able to provide nerve, muscle and organ signals in real-time. They use ultrasound to power the sensors and read out their measurements.
Scientists are making discoveries that change the way we live. Have you ever asked yourself about the revolutionary discoveries that have made a huge impact on our scientific way of thinking and our everyday life?
For more than a year one third of the world has been highly concerned about the Zika virus outbreak and Splice has covered amazing achievements regarding Zika infection. These days it is one of the main newspaper topics because of the upcoming Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics in Brazil, the country where most of the cases of Zika infection were reported.
This is no novel idea, but after 17 years of a spirited debated, pharmaceutical companies are finally taking note. It was Dr. Mary Hendrix and her team out of the University of Iowa Cancer center in Iowa City who first reported in 1999 that human melanoma tumor cells were capable of forming perfusable vessel-like networks through a process called vasculogenic mimicry (VM).
A growing global epidemic of obesity and its related health complications such as type 2 diabetes is the reason why scientists are focusing on finding genes that increase the risk of developing obesity in the last decade. A breakthrough was finally made with discovery of the gene for ‘leanness’.
The first in vivo soft tissue surgery completed by an autonomous robot is in the books, and in impressive fashion. While robots, and even autonomous robots, have been used in surgery before, they have failed to meet the high expectations set for them, especially when it comes to soft tissue. Until this study, autonomous surgical robots had only been useful for operations on solid body structures such as bone,
Viruses, small infectious agents that replicate only inside the living cells of other organisms, have been around for billions of years. They can infect all types of life forms, from microorganisms, plants and animals to humans. It has been estimated that there are 10 to the power of 31 viruses on Earth, but humans don’t just live in a viral world, we are also part virus ourselves. Viruses actually comprise up to the 8% of the human genome and these so called endogenous retroviruses (ERVs) represent ancient viral infections that became integrated into the human genome.
The combination of drug misuse, reductions in antimicrobial research by the pharmaceutical industry, and the rapid evolution capabilities of microorganisms has resulted in pathogenic bacteria with stronger and stronger drug resistance. This is an issue that some fear if not handled correctly, could lead to the evolution of a “superbug” that is resistant to everything in our arsenal.