Bugging The System

A blog about microbes, diseases and biomedical research advances. Posts in English or German.

1. The Bicycle Trip

Can you identify the mystery disease?

October 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

My one advice on writing a PhD thesis: don’t overthink; just do it

Two weeks ago, I made a memorable trip to University. I was boarding the number 15 bus from the Garscube Campus in Bearsden to Glasgow University, a heavy carton box … Continue reading

September 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Folgenreicher Batteriewechsel – Austausch von Mitochondrien beeinflusst den Alterungsprozess

Der Wechsel von Mitochondrien einer Eizelle – den winzigen Batterien unserer Zellen – kann sich auf den Alterungsprozess des gesamten Organismus auswirken, berichten spanische Forscher diese Woche in einer Publikation in der Fachzeitschrift Nature.

July 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

Dein Krebs, mein Krebs – kann Krebs übertragbar sein?

Studien in immer mehr Tieren weisen ansteckende Krebszellen nach. Könnte dies auch bei Menschen der Fall sein?

June 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Zika: Mini-Hirne erhärten Mikrozephalie Verdacht

Neue Studien an Mini-Hirnen liefern weitere Indizien zur Zika-Mikrozephalie Verbindung, doch ein definitives Urteil fehlt weiterhin.

April 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

A tight squeeze for cancer cells

The elephant that pushed through the front door: Michaela Mrschtik explores how cancer cells can do the unimaginable and pass through holes smaller than themselves.

April 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Post-cancer quality of life in the limelight

Cancer survival has doubled since the 1970s. Today, around 1 in 2 people live on after their cancers have been treated. This is a huge progress, but there is a dark side to these statistics we do not normally talk or think much about: quality of life.

April 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

Live long and prosper

The naked mole rat is a real Methuselah among rodents – but which lessons can this tiny, admittedly ugly, mammal teach us about longevity and cancer?

March 20, 2016 · 1 Comment

No, we didn’t cure cancer overnight – Even though newspaper headlines seem to claim just that

It was all over the news today. The cure for cancer has finally been found! A group of researchers in the US did it, and other cancer scientists like me … Continue reading

February 16, 2016 · 2 Comments