Image of the Month: Art meets science to show tomogram of neuron-like cell and model of bacterial virus
Articles / imaging / virus

Image of the Month: Art meets science to show tomogram of neuron-like cell and model of bacterial virus

Dr. Wah Chiu heads the lab of Electron Cryomicroscopy of Biological Nanomachines at Baylor College of Medicine. In Chiu’s lab, science not only resolves microscopic structures and relates them to their functional mechanisms, it also inspires artistic representations of those invisible worlds. The Chiu lab is dedicated to determine 3-dimensional structures of biological nanomachines by electron cryomicroscopy … Continue reading

Chromosome remodeler SETD2 also remodels the cytoskeleton in kidney cancer cells
Articles / Cancer / epigenetics

Chromosome remodeler SETD2 also remodels the cytoskeleton in kidney cancer cells

Kidney cancer begins when certain genes mutate and, as a result, alter how key molecules work. One of these key molecules is SETD2, which is known as a chromosome remodeler, that is, one that helps turn genes on in the nucleus of the cell. When researchers discovered that kidney cells that lose SETD2 become cancerous, … Continue reading

A new experimental system sheds light on how memory loss may occur
Articles / Memory / Neuroscience

A new experimental system sheds light on how memory loss may occur

Two interconnected brain areas – the hippocampus and the entorhinal cortex – help us to know where we are and to remember it later.  It is still not clear, however, how these two regions work together to allow us find our way back to a familiar place. To answer that question, researchers at Baylor College … Continue reading

Mouse model shows that Notch activation can drive metastatic prostate cancer
Articles / Metastasis / prostate cancer

Mouse model shows that Notch activation can drive metastatic prostate cancer

Nearly 200 thousand men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year. Most of the deaths associated with prostate cancer occur in advanced stages of the disease, which are the result of metastasis – the spreading of the tumor away from its origin. Notch signaling pathway is involved in prostate cancer and, in a paper published … Continue reading

Through the looking glass, fluorescent signals reveal the workings of a fly’s brain
Articles / Neuroscience

Through the looking glass, fluorescent signals reveal the workings of a fly’s brain

[listen to audio] Bain activity is fast. Millisecond fast. When a person, a mouse or a fly sees an object, neurons in their brains display a flurry of electrical and chemical activity to communicate with each other in a fraction of a second.  The brain has to be fast to help organisms make sense of … Continue reading

Study shows many people use non-prescription antibiotics
A Matter of Health / antibiotics

Study shows many people use non-prescription antibiotics

“You may be putting your health at risk unnecessarily by using non-prescription antibiotics,” said Dr. Larissa Grigoryan, an assistant professor of family and community medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. “It is not new to report that people are using antibiotics without a prescription,” said Dr. Barbara Trautner, associate professor of infectious diseases in the … Continue reading

Gene TMEM230 suggests a novel mechanism for Parkinson’s disease
Articles / Neuroscience / Parkinson's disease

Gene TMEM230 suggests a novel mechanism for Parkinson’s disease

In the United States, Parkinson’s disease – the second most common neurodegenerative disorder without effective treatment – affects about 1 percent of the population older than 60 years of age. Most of the cases do not run in families, but the rare cases of familial Parkinson’s disease have contributed to a better understanding of the illness, as … Continue reading