Bugging The System

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

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.

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April 24, 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

The insatiable hunger of pancreatic cancer cells

Cells that make up aggressive pancreatic tumours are programmed to self-cannibalize to survive, and researchers have now discovered the cause of their unique eating habits.

September 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

The foreign within

This article was originally published on the GIST website. A recent study, published in Genome Biology, claims to have found at least 145 ‘foreign’ genes in human DNA 1. In … Continue reading

August 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

And the 2014 Nobel Prize in Medicine goes to…

This article was originally published on the GIST website. Congratulations to John O’Keefe, May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser on being awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their … Continue reading

August 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Book of Life – Rewritten?

This article was originally published on the GIST website. All life we know shares one common feature: DNA. From bacteria to humans, our genetic code is written in the same … Continue reading

August 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Operation on the Open Genome

What can genetic modification do for our health? This article examines how a novel DNA cutting tool paves the way for futuristic treatments of currently incurable diseases.

August 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Fighting Cancer: A 21st Century Challenge

This article was previously published on the GIST website. Cancer cases and deaths are expected to rise dramatically in the next decade. The World Cancer Report 2014, published recently by … Continue reading

August 15, 2015 · Leave a comment