The human side to research brought to life by scientific artist Kelly Stanford

Scientific artist Kelly Stanford has sure come a long way since we last spoke to her in 2019. The Manchester, UK-based science communicator is a Physical Geography PhD candidate from the University of Hull’s Energy and Environment Institute and winner of EGU’s Artist (not) in Residence in 2021. This year, at the Union’s General Assembly … Read more

Special interneuron networks in the human brain – BIOENGINEER.ORG

The analysis of the human brain is a central goal of neuroscience. However, for methodological reasons, research has largely focused on model organisms, in particular the mouse. Now, neuroscientists gained novel insights on human neural circuitry using tissue obtained from neurosurgical interventions. Three-dimensional electron microscope data revealed a novel expanded network of interneurons in humans … Read more

Many human genomes shaped by past events that caused sharp dips in the population – BIOENGINEER.ORG

The genomes of many human populations show evidence of founder events, which occur when a small number of initial members start a new population, and can lead to low genetic diversity as well as increase the risk of certain genetic diseases in the new population. Rémi Tournebize and Priya Moorjani of the University of California, … Read more

Scientists use human breast milk to treat prolonged COVID-19 in a severely immunodeficient patient – BIOENGINEER.ORG

Researchers at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) in São Paulo state, Brazil, have resorted to a thoroughly unconventional method to treat COVID-19 in a patient with a rare genetic disease that makes her immune system unable to combat viruses and other pathogens. She was instructed to take 30 milliliters of breast milk every three hours … Read more

Human cells take in less protein from a plant-based meat than from chicken – BIOENGINEER.ORG

Many people have now embraced the plant-based meat movement. Plants high in protein, such as soybeans, are common ingredients, but it’s been unclear how much of the nutrient makes it into human cells. In ACS ‘ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, researchers report that proteins in a plant-based substitute model were not as accessible … Read more

Unveiling the mysteries of the genome structure in the human cell nucleus using a 3D computational simulation – BIOENGINEER.ORG

A team of researchers at Nagoya University in Japan has created a 3-Dimensional computational simulation of the process of genome structure formation in the human cell nucleus. They expect the model to contribute to the understanding of cellular regulatory mechanisms and diseases, such as cancer, that damage the genome. A team of researchers at Nagoya … Read more

Systematic warming pool discovered in the Pacific due to human activities – BIOENGINEER.ORG

In a study just released in the journal Nature Communications Earth and Environment, Dr. Armineh Barkhordarian confirms that this systematic warming pool is not the result of natural climatic variations – but of human influences instead. “This warming pool will continue to increase the water temperature in the future, increasing both the frequency and intensity … Read more

La Jolla scientists’ genetics research using sea urchins may have ‘very big implications’ for human health

With implications reaching beyond the sea and into the human womb, researchers at UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla say they have achieved a breakthrough in genetics research using sea urchins. The study, published June 6 in the journal Developmentdetails the scientists’ success in creating a line of sea urchins whose … Read more

More digging needed to see whether bones of fallen Waterloo soldiers were sold as fertilizer, as few human remains have ever been found

Credit: Jan Willem Pieneman The Battle of Waterloo (1824, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam) by Jan Willem Pieneman (1779-1853) Were the bones of fallen Battle of Waterloo soldiers sold as fertilizer? As very few human remains have been found from what was such a bloodied affair, killing thousands, it’s a conclusion that a new study suggests is most … Read more

Molecular 3D-maps unlock new ways of studying human reproduction – BIOENGINEER.ORG

Scientists have identified the biochemical signals that control the emergence of the body pattern in the primate embryo. This will guide work to understand birth defects and pregnancy loss in humans. Scientists have identified the biochemical signals that control the emergence of the body pattern in the primate embryo. This will guide work to understand … Read more