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The Long And Short Of Aging

The Long And Short Of Aging

The Long And Short Of Aging

The length of our telomeres, the caps on the ends of chromosomes, can predict how well we’re aging.

Hungry, Hungry Macrophages (video)

Hungry, Hungry Macrophages (video)

Hungry, Hungry Macrophages (video)

Macrophages, the human immune system’s horde of cells that clear the body’s detritus by eating it, may be induced to gorge — in the name of helping combat Alzheimer’s and other diseases. ...

 Immunity’s Double-Edged Sword

Immunity’s Double-Edged Sword

Immunity’s Double-Edged Sword

Human’s complex immune system is the vanquisher of pathogens, but it can also turn on itself.

What We Can Learn from a Giraffe’s Neck

What We Can Learn from a Giraffe’s Neck

What We Can Learn from a Giraffe’s Neck

With a distance of 6 feet between heart and brain, giraffes should seemingly suffer the symptoms of hypertension as a result of their blood’s relentless uphill climb. They don’t.

The Tiny Creature That May Teach Us How to Survive Radiation

The Tiny Creature That May Teach Us How to Survive Radiation

The Tiny Creature That May Teach Us How to...

Tardigrades may be microscopic, but they contain mammoth adaptability for surviving extremes, including deadly radiation

Meet Your Body’s Energy Thermostat

Meet Your Body’s Energy Thermostat

Meet Your Body’s Energy Thermostat

AMPK, a major metabolic enzyme, controls hunger, helps burn calories and fat, and may help treat diabetes and cancer.

Why Mitochondria Is The Organelle Of The Moment

Why Mitochondria Is The Organelle Of The Moment

Why Mitochondria Is The Organelle Of The Moment

Mitochondria, our cells’ energy converters, have become the focus of many areas of disease research.

Germs 101 (infographic)

Germs 101 (infographic)

Germs 101 (infographic)

A pathogen - commonly known as germs- is a living particle that causes disease or illness, most often by disrupting the normal functioning of the human body.

The Skinny on Body Fat

The Skinny on Body Fat

The Skinny on Body Fat

Our fat provides more than just insulation and energy storage. It’s actually an organ that plays an essential role in our body’s functioning. 

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