Category archives: Biomedicine

Grasshopper mouse mighty powers against evil bark scorpion: a molecular tale

Grasshopper mouse mighty powers against evil bark scorpion: a molecular tale

BiochemistryBiomedicineMolecular biologyNeurobiology

By Sergio Laínez

Natural selection has been sculpturing living organisms for millions of years, enabling them to get adapted to an ever-changing environment. Gradually, certain traits are selected over others based on the advantage they confer to the population. Natural selection is not a random process and it relies on genetic variation. Random mutations serve as the substrate […]

From a single progenitor to a pandemic multidrug-resistant Escherichia coli

From a single progenitor to a pandemic multidrug-resistant Escherichia coli

BiomedicineMicrobiology

By Ignacio López-Goñi

Few weeks ago, a new report by WHO reveals that antibiotic resistance is now a major threat to global public health: “the world is headed for a post-antibiotic era”. One of the priorities is the treatment of urinary tract infections caused by Escherichia coli strains isolated from several countries and which are resistant to the […]

New hope against tuberculosis: spectinamides

New hope against tuberculosis: spectinamides

BiologyBiomedicineMicrobiology

By Ignacio López-Goñi

Tuberculosis (TB) represents a serious public health problem. The latest reports estimate an incidence of 8.7 million cases in 2001 and over 1.4 million deaths per year. The disease is usually be treated with a first-line drugs, isoniazid and rifampin, the two most potent anti-tuberculosis agents. However, the prevalence of multidrug-resistant (MDR) tuberculosis cause by […]

Eat healthily, for your children’s sake!

Eat healthily, for your children’s sake!

BiochemistryBiomedicineMolecular biologyNeurobiology

By Carlos Romá-Mateo

Nowadays we are more aware than ever about the relevance of eating a balanced and assorted diet. However, in the more industrialized countries obesity has become almost epidemic, and it is a condition that lies at the base of many different health issues, being the cardiovascular complications probably the most obvious. But also immunological and […]

Communication breakdown: schizophrenia as the outcome of subtle neuronal dysfunction

Communication breakdown: schizophrenia as the outcome of subtle neuronal dysfunction

BiomedicineNeurobiology

By Carlos Romá-Mateo

The functioning of the human brain goes far beyond a bunch of cells packed together; each of them is able to produce, receive, and transform electrical signals into a concrete response that affects the neighboring cells, counted by hundreds. This image is already complex, but if we say that the electric signals are constituted by […]