International Year of the Periodic Table – Join the celebration!

The Periodic Table is celebrating its 150th Birthday – join the celebration and learn more chemistry

Party Games – Video Game for the Party

 

Welcome to 2019 – A Giant Leap for Humankind as Chang’e 4 Probe lands on the Dark Side of the Moon

Learn more about the Chang’e 4 Probe that landed successfully on the Dark Side of the Moon.   The probe is carrying a mini-biosphere with 6 life-based organisms. Researchers plan to study how the organisms with survive on the moon.

 

 

The rover from China’s Chang’e 4 probe separated from its lander on Thursday evening after the probe touched down on the far side of the moon. It is the first spacecraft in the world to achieve a lunar soft landing

Get Ready for all things Santa – Courtesy of NORAD

Track Santa’s progress with the NORAD Santa Tracker – Have a happy and safe Holiday!

 

 

 

A Chinese Scientist Claims to have successfully done gene surgery on a set of girl twins at the single cell stage – ethical?

Learn more about the Chinese gene surgeon:

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What’s all the fuss about Climate Change? How can you get informed and involved

Learn more about updated projections for Climate Change

Learn more about what you can do to help the global climate stay stable

Everything you want to know about climate change in #MyClimateQuestions

Genetic Testing – good idea or a waste of time??

Learn more about the commodification of your genetic information

 

What is the difference between genetic testing and genetic therapy?

Climate scientists remind the public that the Earth has only about dozen years before global warming becomes catastrophic

Learn more about the facts and evidence for Climate Change due to global warming

Nature Study – Read More

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Learn more about the science behind Halloween Magic!

Top ways to make Halloween more spooky fun and sciency!

Visual Animation of Chromosomes to the genetic code – let’s review!

The animated Genome – Link

Nobel Prize has been awarded for 2018 in Medicine and Physiology: Allison and Honjo

Learn more about the 2018 Prize Research in Medicine and Physiology

“Cancer kills millions of people every year and is one of humanity’s greatest health challenges. By stimulating the inherent ability of our immune system to attack tumor cells this year’s Nobel Laureates have established an entirely new principle for cancer therapy.

James P. Allison studied a known protein that functions as a brake on the immune system. He realized the potential of releasing the brake and thereby unleashing our immune cells to attack tumors. He then developed this concept into a brand new approach for treating patients.

In parallel, Tasuku Honjo discovered a protein on immune cells and, after careful exploration of its function, eventually revealed that it also operates as a brake, but with a different mechanism of action. Therapies based on his discovery proved to be strikingly effective in the fight against cancer.

Allison and Honjo showed how different strategies for inhibiting the brakes on the immune system can be used in the treatment of cancer. The seminal discoveries by the two Laureates constitute a landmark in our fight against cancer.”

Figure: Upper left: Activation of T cells requires that the T-cell receptor binds to structures on other immune cells recognized as ”non-self”. A protein functioning as a T-cell accelerator is also required for T cell activation. CTLA- 4 functions as a brake on T cells that inhibits the function of the accelerator. Lower left: Antibodies (green) against CTLA-4 block the function of the brake leading to activation of T cells and attack on cancer cells.
Upper right: PD-1 is another T-cell brake that inhibits T-cell activation. Lower right: Antibodies against PD-1 inhibit the function of the brake leading to activation of T cells and highly efficient attack on cancer cells.