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The Game of Cancer: Evolutionary game theory offers new insights in cancer biology

The Game of Cancer: Evolutionary game theory offers new insights in cancer biology

Evolutionary game theory, the application of game theory to evolutionary biology, may provide new insights on how cancer behaves. Earlier this year, a team from the Moffitt Cancer Center, led by Artem Kaznatcheev and Jacob G. Scott, who are currently

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Listening to Cells

Listening to Cells

Cells hold key information for understanding the human body, particularly for diseases associated with cell development. For many years, researchers have struggled to measure cell mechanics without destroying the cell. Most methodologies require squeezing the cell and watching it deform.

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Follow the Energy, See Where it Goes: Investigating the energetic expenditures of embryonic cleavage divisions

Follow the Energy, See Where it Goes: Investigating the energetic expenditures of embryonic cleavage divisions

Energy is a tricky concept. The term is bandied around within and without science; even among scientists, “ener­gy” takes different meanings in different contexts. Though it is far from straight­forward to define what energy actually is, more important is what

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Watching Actin in Action: Unveiling new discoveries about our cytoskeleton

Watching Actin in Action: Unveiling new discoveries about our cytoskeleton

Just like complex vertebrates, cells are sup­ported by their own kind of skeleton. In fact, the cell’s skeleton, called the cytoskeleton, is very dynamic—the constituent “bones” can assemble and disassemble as required. One key player in the cytoskeleton is the

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Regulating Obesity: Specialized brain cells promote fat storage in mice

Regulating Obesity: Specialized brain cells promote fat storage in mice

Obesity is an increasingly common and significant health concern that affects greater than one in three adults in the United States. It can cause numerous complications, including heart disease, diabe­tes, or cancer. Development of obesity is the result of an

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One Neuron Remembering a Memory

One Neuron Remembering a Memory

Most people prefer sitting in a room with AC than sitting in a hot field.  Research scientist Josh Hawk and his team study the neural mechanisms behind remembering and acting upon temperature preference memories like these, except they study this

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Legionnaires’ Disease Linked to Some CT Watersheds

Legionnaires’ Disease Linked to Some CT Watersheds

In the 21st century, some believe water contamination in the United States is an issue of the past. Advancements in plumbing, sanitation, and water treatment have drastically reduced the number of diseases spread through infected water. In Connecticut, however, one

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Triggering the Response

Triggering the Response

New Vaccine Delivery for a more Effective Immune Response You probably had a sore deltoid muscle after your flu vaccine this year. This is because this standard shot is delivered straight into muscle. But there’s another problem besides you getting

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Defeating Diabetes

Defeating Diabetes

Advances in Cell Encapsulation Technology A young boy is rushed into the Emergency Department after being discovered unconscious. He’s with his mother, who reports that earlier that evening, her son had been thirsty, nauseous, and urinating frequently. He’s now gasping

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Studying the Few to Serve the Many: Studying the rare Gaucher disease to discover molecular mechanisms behind the common Parkinson’s Disease

Studying the Few to Serve the Many: Studying the rare Gaucher disease to discover molecular mechanisms behind the common Parkinson’s Disease

Yale scientists found two potential enzymes to target via cell therapy to treat the common variety of Parkinson’s disease associated with Gaucher disease. These two enzymes regulate the pathology of the specific lipids that accumulate due to Gaucher disease.

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