Researchers have discovered a gene that can protect elephants from cancer. An estimated 17 percent of humans worldwide die from cancer, but less than five percent of captive elephants—who live for about 70 years, and have about 100 times as many potentially cancerous cells as humans—die from the disease. “ThisContinue Reading

Researchers have developed a technique that offers new insight into “cellular memory.” The cells in our body divide constantly throughout life. But how do cells remember whether to develop into a skin, liver, or intestinal cell? It’s a question that has puzzled scientists for many years. With the new research,Continue Reading

Rudolph’s glowing red nose may not be entirely the stuff of kids’ Christmas stories after all. Although reindeer noses aren’t typically red, or infused with enough light to guide a sleigh, Steve Farber, a professor of biology at Johns Hopkins University and principal investigator at the Carnegie Institution for Science,Continue Reading

U of T researchers have discovered how severely damaged DNA is transported within a cell and how it is repaired. It’s a discovery that could unlock secrets into how cancer operates — a disease that two in five Canadians will develop in their lifetime. “Scientists knew that severely injured DNAContinue Reading