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VIDEO: ImmTAC molecules in action

Immunocore is a world-leading, privately-owned, biotechnology company, developing a new class of biologic drugs for immunotherapy. The company’s novel ImmTAC technology platform is based on its proprietary expertise in T cell receptor engineering. ImmTAC molecules are uniquely designed to redirect the body’s immune system to seek out and destroy cancer cells, and are currently being […]

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Researchers revive 28,000-year-old woolly mammoth DNA

An international team of biologists has done the seemingly impossible. They’ve revived cell nuclei from a 28,000-year-old frozen woolly mammoth. While the world will have to wait for the first full-blown mammoth resurrection, this could be a big step in that direction. The team’s findings offer researchers hope that ancient DNA, though damaged, could one […]

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Chromosome (24) mtDNA – Lynn Margulis and the mitochondrial DNA

In many cultures, surnames are passed from father to child. I’m a McLysaght because my father, my father’s father, and my father’s grandfather were McLysaghts. Unfortunately, my many female ancestors don’t get recorded. And in fact, I don’t even know my great-grandmothers’ maiden names. But there does exist a very important genetic link between the […]

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How this disease changes the shape of your cells – Amber M. Yates

What shape are your cells? Squishy cylinders? Jagged zig-zags? You probably don’t think much about the bodies of these building blocks, but at the microscopic level, small changes can have huge consequences. And while some adaptations change these shapes for the better, others can spark a cascade of debilitating complications. This is the story of […]

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Huge Genetic Study Reveals Common Threads Across Psychiatric Disorders

Welcome to Impact Factor, your weekly dose of commentary on a new medical study. I’m Dr. F. Perry Wilson. This week I’ve been reading this paper, appearing in Cell, describing a truly herculean effort to determine some of the genetic underpinnings of psychiatric disorders. The study begins as a huge genome-wide association study, but man, […]

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Cancer, How Cancer Starts, How Cancer Spreads, Where and Why, Animation.

The number of cells in a tissue is determined by the balance between cell division and cell death. Uncontrollable cell division leads to formation of abnormal growths called tumors. Tumors can be benign or malignant. Benign tumors are slow-growing and constrained by surrounding connective tissue so they do NOT spread to other organs. They can […]

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