A 12-hour biological clock coordinates essential bodily functions
Articles / Biological clocks

A 12-hour biological clock coordinates essential bodily functions

It’s not a good idea to disturb the circadian rhythm on a regular basis. For instance, experimental evidence shows that night-shift workers who periodically change their night and day shifts or people who travel overseas often alter their sleep cycles, and this seems to make them prone to gain weight and develop diabetes and other … Continue reading

Bacteria and mitochondria have a common language
Articles / Microbiome

Bacteria and mitochondria have a common language

It’s not news that microbes can alter the physiology of the organisms in which they live, but the actual molecular mechanisms that mediate their interactions have been largely unknown. Understanding how microbes and their hosts influence each other’s functions is one of the interests of Dr. Meng Wang. “Microbes living inside another organism, the host, … Continue reading

Variations in gene ATAD3A can result in distinct neurological syndromes
Articles / Human genetics

Variations in gene ATAD3A can result in distinct neurological syndromes

Research has revealed that a group of rare neurological syndromes for which there was no cause can be the result of variations in the gene ATAD3A. The study, which appears in The American Journal of Human Genetics, shows that certain human variants of ATAD3A are associated with a lower number of mitochondria while the gene equivalents in the fruit … Continue reading