The development of vaccination has helped eradicate some of the world’s deadliest diseases. So how does it work?
Animal organs transplanted into human bodies? Sounds impossible, but in fact it’s not at all far-fetched.
The development of vaccination has been instrumental in eradicating some of the world’s deadliest diseases. But even so, there is some controversy surrounding the use of vaccines.
Rejection of transplanted organs is caused by an immune reaction – how and why does this occur?
Once firmly in the realm of science fiction, nanotechnology is becoming a reality – but what is it exactly?
Nanotechnology may one day revolutionize the field of medicine (among others), but in the meantime, should we be concerned about the possible toxic side effects of using this new technology?
Also known as Darwinian medicine, this branch of the science looks to evolution to find explanations for why humans are vulnerable to disease.
The goods in your spice rack are definitely good for you – recently scientists discovered new evidence that a compound found in certain spices has anti-cancer properties and have used the compound as a starting point to develop new anti-cancer drugs.
Cancer research tends to explore as many avenues as possible: a cure may lie in one of many scientific disciplines. An investigation of the common squirrel might seem an unlikely road to go down, but it’s certainly an interesting one.
Part two of this series looks at autoimmune disorders, which occur when the immune system becomes sensitized to self antigens.
Part three of this series looks at immunodeficiency disorders, which occur when one or more components of the immune system fail to function, typically due to genetic factors.
A normal healthy immune system does an excellent job at protecting the body from infection – and the power of the immune response can even be harnessed to treat certain diseases.
Artificial life is a fascinating concept in scientific terms, but it’s also interesting to explore the concept as it applies to computer games.
Bionics is a fascinating subject with a relatively short but interesting history. Find out more about this exciting field.
The incidence rate of asthma in different countries—and even in different parts of the same country—clearly indicates that the development of the condition is at least partly influenced by environmental factors. The research shows that genetics plays a role, but how influential is that role?
Genetic research has come a very long way in the last few decades, but the most important benefits in the field are still a long way off. Who can say what will be uncovered in genetic research in the next 10 years?
Some proteins are more nutritious than others, and choosing the right proteins is important for a healthy diet. It’s even more important for body builders and other athletes, and that’s where whey protein is important.
High protein diet plans are somewhat controversial, in that there are many conflicting reports on the safety and efficacy of such plans. Is following a high protein diet plan sensible, or dangerous?
Pharmacogenomics is a new and rapidly-growing field of science which attempts to determine genetic mechanisms which cause differences in the way individuals react to drugs. Pharmacogenomics has a wide range of potential applications; one in particular is in the treatment of cancer.