Bugging The System

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

Zika – ein Virus erobert die Welt

Ein Wort, das heute vielerorts Panik auslöst: Zika. Hinter dem Namen versteckt sich ein in den 1940ern in Afrika entdeckter Virus, der sich zurzet wie ein Lauffeuer in Lateinamerika ausbreitet. … Continue reading

January 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Der Parasit, der zum Krebsgeschwür wurde

Die im New England Journal of Medicine publizierte Fallstudie eines kolumbianischen Patienten mit außergewöhnlichen, krebsartigen Tumoren erweckt Aufsehen in Medizinkreisen.

November 7, 2015 · 1 Comment

Angriff der Tumorkillerviren

T-VEC, ein im Labor veränderter Virus der Krebszellen angreift und zerstört, wurde in den Vereinigten Staaten als Medikament zugelassen und könnte auch bald in Europa erhältlich sein.

November 1, 2015 · 1 Comment

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

Every scientist has a voice

Should researchers wait until they’re senior before talking about science in public? No, every scientist can make a valuable contribution.

August 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Genetic Modification in Humans: A 21st Century Health Policy Challenge

This article was originally published on the GIST website as part of the ‘Science for Society’ article competition. Once the possibilities of altering our DNA become almost endless, should we … Continue reading

August 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Mitochondrial donation – prevention for mitochondrial diseases

A change in UK law will soon allow Mitochondrial Donation – This article discusses the background of the technique that could change the lives of families affected by mitochondrial disease.

August 15, 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