Longevity-Promoting Genes in C. elegans

Longevity-Promoting Genes in C. elegans

The average global life expectancy was 72.6 years in 2019. This value has soared in recent decades; for example, the average worldwide life expectancy in 1950 was only 48 years. Most of this increase is credited to vast improvements in public health. But scientists...
Mosquito Egg Weak Spots

Mosquito Egg Weak Spots

Malaria. Yellow Fever. Zika. Dengue. West Nile virus. These are some of the diseases, carried by mosquitos, that infect millions of people worldwide every year. According to the World Health Organization, these infections result in over 700,000 deaths annually. To...
Zebrafish and the Origins of Sleep

Zebrafish and the Origins of Sleep

 “Sleep is the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.” — Thomas Dekker We spend about a third of our lives asleep. Sleep has very important functions for humans, as well as for many other animals, although its specific benefits still aren’t well...
Ultrasound Therapy for Rodents

Ultrasound Therapy for Rodents

Ultrasound imaging (aka sonography) has been used in many medical fields for over 50 years. The procedure involves sending high frequency sound waves into the body. The sound waves bounce off internal organs, and by measuring the difference in travel times of the...
Longevity-Promoting Genes in C. elegans

G-force and C. elegans

Could life have existed on other worlds in the distant past? Could that life have somehow managed to survive traveling through space on a meteorite or similar object? If so, could that life have colonized other planets, possibly even earth? This idea, that life could...
Ultrasound Therapy for Rodents

Gene Therapy and Usher Syndrome

It is almost like science fiction: the ability to manipulate the human genome to cure diseases by correcting genetic errors. Since the late twentieth century, scientists have been working towards making gene therapy a reality. Gene therapy offers a chance to treat...