Author: Jen Ellis

New research on Ebola has led to some surprising discoveries. The deadly virus may be halted by two drugs already on the market. Clomiphene, an infertility medication, and Toremifene, which is used to treat advanced breast cancer, have both been found to thwart the Ebola virus from commandeering healthy cells in lab studies and clinical...

Cell Biologists at the Scripps Research Institute have released a study showing that the loss of a solitary gene during very early childhood mental development can (and often does) cause a lifetime of educational, intellectual and behavioral disturbances. The early development of neural circuits in the cortex are responsible for a certain number of a child’s brain...

Arthritis is a painful and often debilitating condition affecting millions of people. And while the inflammation and joint damage caused by arthritis are not exactly news, there is a decidedly poor selection of adequate treatments for the condition. Over the counter treatments don’t always properly address a patient’s symptoms, while prescription medications cause serious side...

Physicists at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis have made a possible discovery this week that may give the scientific community a glimpse at the force that holds nuclei together – and that might just give new answers regarding the first moments in our universe’s history. Since the 1960s, physicists have known that protons, neutrons, and...

Japanese scientists and cell biologists at the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology have developed a new water and sugar solution that turns tissue completely transparent. The see-through tissues are being used on mice to obtain brain images, unlike any ever seen before. For years, American and Japanese researchers in various cell biology fields have tried a...

For the millions of adults suffering from compulsive behavior, including those affected by Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Tourette’s Syndrome, their only relief has come in pill form. But a new neuroscience study from MIT is bringing to light a possible new way to treat things like OCD without antidepressants or anti-anxiety drugs. Using optogenics, the neuroscience team at...

Scientists at the University of Maryland’s NanoCenter are working on a tiny new eco-friendly battery made from a sliver of wood. With countless everyday and clinical applications, the environmentally-minded battery discovery has the potential to revolutionize the way we look at itty bitty power sources - for good. Most of the batteries in use today are...

A team of dedicated scientists at the University of Oregon has made some fascinating discoveries towards understanding how stem cells produce not only new, but varied neurons. Studying the brains of fruit flies, biologists set out to answer the question of how a single type of stem cell can create a variety of different kinds of...

Costing up to $2 billion dollars and averaging at over 12 years, the process of bringing a new medication to the US is a difficult one. The path becomes all the more tumultuous when you factor in the fact that even after an initial investment of time, money and resources, most new drugs don’t make...

While not specifically listed as a career field by agencies like the Bureau of Labor Statistics, cell biology is actually one of the fastest growing and most intriguing aspects of the scientific community. Physiologists, micro and macro biologists, and specialized aquatic biologists all fall under the cell biology umbrella. If you’re interested in studying the...