‘Molecular glue’ makes perovskite solar cells tougher

A "molecular glue" strengthens a key weak point in perovskite solar cells. The advance makes them tougher, more efficient, and more reliable.

Kevin Stacey-Brown • futurity
May 7, 2021 ~9 min

Team links leaky epithelial barriers to 2 billion chronic diseases

A new study links defective epithelial barriers to a rise in almost two billion allergic, autoimmune, neurodegenerative, and psychiatric diseases.

Kurt Bodenmueller-U. Zurich • futurity
May 7, 2021 ~5 min

Biologists discover a trigger for cell extrusion

Study suggests this process for eliminating unneeded cells may also protect against cancer.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
May 5, 2021 ~7 min

Human cells grown in monkey embryos spark ethical debate

Scientists confirm they have made "chimera" embryos from long-tailed macaques and humans.

April 15, 2021 ~3 min

We're creating 'humanized pigs' in our ultraclean lab to study human illnesses and treatments

Medical research to benefit people is first conducted in animals. Creating a new biomedical model by inserting human immune cells into pigs may lead to new insights and treatments.

Adeline Boettcher, Technical Writer II, Iowa State University • conversation
April 12, 2021 ~8 min

Astrocyte cells in the fruit fly brain are an on-off switch that controls when neurons can change and grow

Adaptable neurons are tied to learning and memory but also to neurological disorders. By studying fruit flies, researchers found a mechanism that controls neuroplasticity.

Sarah DeGenova Ackerman, Postdoctoral Fellow, UO Institute of Neuroscience and Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Oregon • conversation
April 12, 2021 ~6 min

Researchers discover how chronic stress leads to hair loss

A Harvard study has confirmed that stress can lead to hair loss.

Jessica Lau • harvard
March 31, 2021 ~8 min

Organ-on-a-chip could personalize sickle cell treatment

An organ-on-a-chip device could offer a more personalized treatment for sickle cell disease, which affects 70,000 to 100,000 Americans.

Jennifer Reiley-Texas A&M • futurity
March 29, 2021 ~7 min

Why you should get a COVID-19 vaccine – even if you've already had the coronavirus

If you've already had the coronavirus and recovered, you might be tempted to give the vaccine a pass. A scientist explains why the shot offers the best protection against future infection.

Jennifer T. Grier, Clinical Assistant Professor of Immunology,, University of South Carolina • conversation
March 25, 2021 ~7 min

Cancer: tiny diamonds in cells could help to understand development process

Nanodiamonds aren't just cellular bling: they could be used to better understand the development of cancer in our cells.

Elke Hebisch, Researcher, Department of Solid State Physics, Lund University • conversation
March 23, 2021 ~8 min