Genuinely theoretical: The case for Philosophical Biology

Dr Ehsani belives a theoretical foundation for cell biology may translate into tangible advances in treating various conditions.

Though his background is in biomedicine, Dr Sepehr Ehsani is currently completing his PhD in philosophy at University College London. In his time working in the lab, Dr Ehsani became more aware of the often-neglected importance of theory. What is sometimes called theoretical biology is not usually ‘theory’ for the most part, in the sense that it is not truly […]

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Using technology to improve needle procedures

Inthis article: Dr Gabor Fichtinger and Dr Jan Fritz have been collaborating to create a computerised system that overlays 2D magnetic resonance images onto a patient during surgical procedures.

Dr Gabor Fichtinger is Chair of Cancer Care Ontario Research and Professor at Queen’s University School of Computing in Kingston, Ontario. His interests are in computer-assisted surgery and interventions. Dr Jan Fritz is the Director of Interventional MR Imaging and an Assistant Professor of Radiology and Radiological Science at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland. The two have […]

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Blood, skin and bone: the complex control of blood pressure

It is well-known that excessive salt intake can be a risk factor for high blood pressure. But how this effect is mediated – and why some people are more susceptible than others – remains up for debate. Collaborators Professor Raymond Harris and Professor Ming-Zhi Zhang, at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, have uncovered a novel role for immune cells derived […]

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The genomics of cancer

Many cancers are associated with changes to our genetic material, DNA. These may be small, single unit substitutions, large rearrangements such as deletions or duplications of a part of the DNA sequence, or various other forms of mutations. Although the smaller substitutions have been more intensively studied, Dr Lixing Yang, of the University of Chicago, focuses on uncovering changes at […]

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