Author Archives: Sergio P. Acebrón

Sergio P. Acebrón
Sergio P. Acebrón got his PhD in Biochemistry in the University of the Basque Country (Bilbao-Spain). Currently he is a researcher at the German Cancer Research Center (Heidelberg-Germany). His research is focused in a specific cell communication process named "Wnt signaling" that is essential during embryogenesis and, when misregulated, can lead to cancer. Sergio is co-author of the essay book "Actúa" and has contributed to different Spanish newspapers, Science TV programs and online blogs.

A human body harbors around 37 trillion [1012] cells that came from a single fertilized egg by a process known as mitotic division or mitosis. While the first cellular divisions of an embryo occur without gaining mass, most of […]

Can you guess the sequence of the DNA strand that is analyzed in this experiment? (Feel free to use the comments!). One does not need to be a biochemist to figure it out. Start from the bottom of the […]

In 1907, Daniel, a miner working in Mauer, near Heidelberg (Germany), found a jaw of unequivocally human origin. The bone was a complete jaw but lacked the characteristic prominent chin of our species, Homo sapiens. The fossil was identified as […]

Proteins are sophisticated machines that perform most of our cellular activities. Proteins are codified in the cellular DNA and synthesized as linear chains that need to get properly folded in a 3D structure to become functional. This state is named […]

A study published last year in The Lancet showed that a daily dose of aspirin reduces the risk of dying from several types of cancer. According to the authors’ data, long-term daily intake reduces the probability of dying from solid […]