Scientists unravel secrets from the faults in our genes

Imagine the body’s instruction manual, the genome: here words are genes, letters are DNA, and the equivalent of typos can have disastrous consequences. In recent years, scientists have grown increasingly fluent in the language of genome, but much remains mysterious, including the function of many of our genes. Discovering what…

Atopic dermatitis: How allergens get on our nerves

Dry skin, pain, and itching… Atopic dermatitis affects the everyday lives of nearly 20% of children, and up to 5% of adults. The condition can have a significant impact on the quality of life of these patients. Several studies have shown that genetic factors are involved in the development of…

Putting the break on our immune system’s response

Researchers have discovered how a tiny molecule known as miR-132 acts as a “handbrake” on our immune system—helping us fight infection. The scientists say the findings could lead to new treatments for life-threatening infections such a leishmaniasis, as well as autoimmune and chronic inflammatory diseases. Our immune system protects us…