Month: January 2014

Salmonella Typhimurium. Credit David Goulding, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

Know your enemy

20.01.14: Some types of Salmonella evolve to perfect their attack, others simply exploit human weakness. To defeat them, you have to understand their tactics, says Maria Fookes

C. elegans juveniles with an egg. Credit: Thomas Huckvale

All creatures great and small

28.01.14: Whole-genome amplification allows researchers to sequence even microscopic creatures. However, as Tom Huckvale explains, it’s important to be aware of the errors that can arise

Scanning electron micrograph of lung cancer cells. Credit: Anne Weston, LRI, CRUK, Wellcome Images

Understanding the origins of cancer

24.01.14: What makes that first cell mutate, leading to a life-threatening tumour? Ludmil Alexandrov explains how large-scale studies are helping to uncover the first causes of many cancers

Credit: Alison Peel

Should we really be scared of bats?

22.01.14: Kate Baker and Alison Peel explain how sequencing can help us to gauge the risk bats really pose to humans

Credit: Wellcome Photo Library, Wellcome Images

How does adipose tissue cope with excess fat?

20.01.14: Some people can store excess fat while avoiding adverse metabolic effects – understanding how could help researchers in the fight against obesity, says Stefania Carobbio.

A genomic revolution in malaria research

10.01.14: Increasingly, sequencing is playing a vital role in the race to detect and contain drug-resistant strains, says Olivo Miotto

False-coloured scanning electron micrograph of Clostridium difficile colony Credit David Goulding, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Wellcome Images.

Keeping our little friends happy

08.01.14: Intestinal microbiota can play a crucial role in keeping us healthy but first we need to look after them, says Blessing O Anonye