Explore Topics Related to Diseases

ThumbnailHooked on Heme
Chemist seeks to block enzyme reactions that lead to certain cancers.
ThumbnailBody Bacteria
Scientist investigates skin bacteria.
ThumbnailHIV on the Brain
Graduate student researches genetic mutations that affect HIV’s ability to infect the brain.
ThumbnailFor Janice
Researchers study septic shock, a condition when the body’s immune system reacts to a bacterial infection.
ThumbnailMountains and Mouse Genes
Biostatistician studies mouse genetics to link gene combinations to traits.
ThumbnailThe Right Fit
Clinical pharmacist researches how genes affect the body’s response to medicines.
ThumbnailSpecial Delivery
Chemical engineer studies methods to improve heart disease drugs.
ThumbnailGenetic Footprints
Evolutionary geneticist studies evolution and its role in shaping human history and human health.
ThumbnailLiving With Huntington's
Molecular biologist studies how a devastating brain disorder dismantles and destroys cells.
ThumbnailSocial Studies
Physicist studies social networks.
ThumbnailHunting a Killer
Cell biologist studies cell fusion and cancer.
ThumbnailViral Voyages
Structural biologist studies how viruses infect cells.
ThumbnailScience Without Borders
Geneticist works with researchers throughout the world to study malaria.
ThumbnailGetting the Lead Out
Scientist studies the chemistry of lead poisoning.
ThumbnailBugging the Bugs
Bacterial geneticist studies how bacteria communicate with each other.
ThumbnailLife Is Sweet
Biological engineer studies sugar molecules called carbohydrates.
ThumbnailPlanting Seeds
Biologist studies the genetic secrets of bacteria that can infect both plants and humans.
ThumbnailCells in Motion
Pathologist is fascinated by how cells in the body move around and change their shape.
ThumbnailSecrets of the Killer Snails
Biochemist studies how the venom of marine cone snails may be used to treat pain.
ThumbnailA Great Divide
Molecular biologist’s basic research probes how cells grow and divide.
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ThumbnailMysterious Rare Blood Type Explained
Scientists develop a gene test for a rare blood type.
ThumbnailHow Bacterial Slime Clogs the Works
Time-lapse movie reveals how bacteria clog medical devices like stents and catheters.
ThumbnailSolving the Sleeping Sickness 'Mystery'
Scientist uses climate and land cover data to model tsetse fly distribution in Nairobi, Kenya.
ThumbnailA Sweet Solution for Detecting Cholera
Researchers use sugar-coated nanoparticles to detect cholera in water samples.
ThumbnailBreathing Easy: Inflammation Under Control
Immunologist targets key enzyme that may be the cause of acute respiratory distress syndrome.
ThumbnailA New Layer of Bacterial Defense
Researchers discover that bacterial spores have four exterior layers.
Scientists use a Facebook survey to find out how people get information about H1N1.
ThumbnailCancer Therapy's Got Rhythm
Scientists have evidence that circadian rhythms affect the safety and effectiveness of certain cancer drugs.
ThumbnailChimp Changes
Scientists are investigating whether the human immune reaction against the glycan molecule “Gc” may spur some cancers and infectious diseases.
ThumbnailLifestyle Effects
Scientist studies how the environment shapes our DNA.
ThumbnailShrew-ed Science
Evolutionary geneticist discovers that shrews are the main source for Lyme disease.
ThumbnailFeeling Cancer
Nanotechnologist’s discovery may offer more precise methods of detecting cancer cells.
ThumbnailWhat’s in Your Mouth?
Researchers invent a clever way to identify and analyze mouth bacteria without culturing them.
ThumbnailDoes Flu Fly South?
Where does the flu virus go in the off-season, during a North American summer?
ThumbnailOverworked Gene Repair Kit Tied to Huntington's
Although Huntington’s disease is an inherited condition involving a defective gene, symptoms usually don't appear until middle age.
ThumbnailDandruff-Shampoo Ingredient May Calm Seizures
Scientists discover that the active ingredient in dandruff shampoos quiets jumpy nerve cells that cause seizures in epilepsy.
ThumbnailAsthma Linked to Disappearing Stomach Bug
Researchers find that stomach bacteria protect kids against getting asthma.
ThumbnailProtein Linked to Cleft Lip and Palate
Scientists discovered a broken gene in the cells of a child with cleft palate.
ThumbnailWorm Sperm Illuminate Male Infertility
Researchers studying worms discover a promising resource for finding new infertility treatments and birth control approaches for men.
ThumbnailMarking Multiple Sclerosis
Researchers find chemical markers of MS in the fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord.
ThumbnailGenes Affect Breast Cancer Drug Benefit
Some people don't benefit from the cancer drug tamoxifen, and new research shows that their genetic make-up plays a role.
ThumbnailFrogs Fighting Cancer
African clawed toads are teaching researchers about the genetics of Fanconi anemia, a rare, inherited condition that increases susceptibility to some forms of cancer.
ThumbnailCancer Drug Fights Early Aging Disease
Scientist discovers that some cancer drugs may help treat progeria, an early aging disease.
ThumbnailHeart Alert
Despite their common use, a new experiment shows that beta-blockers may harm people who have a particular genetic profile.
ThumbnailMaking Sense of It ALL
Researchers’ findings could help doctors customize and improve treatments for leukemia, taking into account the genes of each patient.
ThumbnailFinding a Single Microbe
When it detects as little as a single bacterium, a “nanoball” antibody combination glows brightl.
ThumbnailWild Ox vs. Mosquito
Large beasts such as oxen that inhabit tropical areas ooze a natural skin secretion called gaur acid that acts as an insect repellant.
ThumbnailBlocking Bacteria
Researchers test whether a waxy material called polyethylene glycol, or PEG, might protect the intestines from bacterial invasion.
ThumbnailReconstructing a Deadly Flu
Researchers figure out the three-dimensional molecular shape of a key protein from the now-extinct 1918 flu virus.
ThumbnailTracking a Food-Borne Killer
Public health officials could potentially stop a listeria outbreak after the first few identified cases by staying on the lookout for infection clusters.
ThumbnailBotulinum Toxin Vaccine
Scientists discover how inhaled botulinum toxin can cause poisoning.
ThumbnailBlasting Cancer
Scientist develops an experimental technique called imaging mass spectrometry that may allow more precise diagnosis of cancer and other disorders.
ThumbnailIn a Heartbeat
Heart rate irregularities may signal the onset of sepsis in some high-risk babies.
ThumbnailFinding a Cancer Drug's Mistakes
Research may play a significant role in developing the next generation of drugs to treat a type of cancer.
ThumbnailIroning Out Illness
Researcher discovers a biofilm killer, called lactoferrin, hiding in body secretions.
ThumbnailCells' Sugar Coating Zaps Cancer
Scientist investigates the potential importance of a cell's sugar "coat" in the development of cancer.
ThumbnailNatural Bacterial Shield Protects the Body
Naturally occurring body molecules that help fight inflammation also protect tissue linings of the mouth, intestines, and airways from infection.
ThumbnailDo the Math
Researchers use different approaches to mathematically model the behavior of infectious microorganisms that impact large populations of people.
ThumbnailStop Cell Death, Help Treat Sepsis?
Results suggest that stopping intestinal cell death may someday be an effective treatment for sepsis.