The underappreciated astrocyte; a vital link between brain tumors and epileptic seizures
Articles / Epilepsy / glioblastoma

The underappreciated astrocyte; a vital link between brain tumors and epileptic seizures

The brain has billions of cells of which only 30 percent are neurons. Astrocytes are the predominant cell type of the remaining 70 percent. Surprisingly, astrocytes have not been studied in as much detail as neurons have. “We began this project by studying normal brain cells,” said co-senior author Dr. Benjamin Deneen, associate professor in … Continue reading

Juvenile Batten disease, a problem with cellular waste management
Articles / Juvenile Batten disease / Neuroscience

Juvenile Batten disease, a problem with cellular waste management

Like a large dynamic city, a cell carries out many activities that generate waste. Waste needs to be disposed of properly in order for the city to continue its activities without interruption. If waste management fails, waste progressively accumulates and eventually leads to interruption and paralysis of the activities of the city. Something similar happens … Continue reading

‘Listening’ to single cells may uncover cancer origins
Articles / Cancer

‘Listening’ to single cells may uncover cancer origins

Listening to a single voice in a crowd can be difficult. In a similar way, determining gene expression in single cells has posed quite a challenge.  A major step toward single-cell analysis can potentially help scientists study how cancerous tumors begin, which could lead to better treatments, diagnosis and prevention in the future. “Cancer begins with … Continue reading

Toys and science connected on new free STEM initiative
Articles / Community Outreach / STEM Education

Toys and science connected on new free STEM initiative

Connecting toys with science is one of the best ways to teach STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education curriculum. And that is what a collaboration between Baylor College of Medicine and Hess Corp. has achieved and offers to schools nationwide. It all started when Hess Corp. donated about 4,000 of its 2016 Hess Toy Truck and Dragster … Continue reading

Image of the Month: Lighting up blood vessels in a tumor
Articles / Cancer

Image of the Month: Lighting up blood vessels in a tumor

When a mouse breast tumor is exposed to radio frequency (RF) electric fields the interaction between RF electric fields and the cancer tissue causes tumor vessels to dilate and open up. The network of blood vessels in the tumor can be seen with a fluorescence microscope when injecting fluorescent quantum dots (green) that lit up as they flow … Continue reading