3D-Printed Brain Helps Scientists Study Cancer

When scientists test new cancer drugs, they typically first test a molecule in a petri dish (called in vitro testing). If it kills cancer cells there, it can then be injected into a mouse or another animal with the disease (in vivo testing). In vitro tests are fast, but they can’t show how a treatment will work in a living body. Animal studies, on the other … Continue reading 3D-Printed Brain Helps Scientists Study Cancer

Computational models show why staying home really is the best idea

COVID-19 has now forced most of us into our homes for weeks. A recent study highlighted the importance of staying at home in these crucial times, even if you’re feeling well: people with mild, limited or even no symptoms at all were estimated to have caused the majority of severe COVID-19 infections and the wide geographic spread of COVID-19. Continue reading Computational models show why staying home really is the best idea

Curing Cancer with the Help of a Living Fossil: The Horseshoe Crab

by Stephanie Smelyansky figures by Jovana Andrejevic Nature knows to quit when it’s ahead–just take a look at the horseshoe crab. Since its origins 450 million years ago, the animal has remained relatively unchanged. This living fossil continues to trudge through shallow, brackish waters, its large tank-like shell protecting its soft, wriggly underbody, looking for tiny worms and mollusks to scoop into its belly, just … Continue reading Curing Cancer with the Help of a Living Fossil: The Horseshoe Crab