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July 23, 2020
The Chromosome waltz
To generate our reproductive cells (the gametes), our cells use a double division called meiosis. It aims to create male or female gametes that consist of 23 chromosomes, not 46 chromosomes like the rest of our cells. This is so that these gametes can pair with a gamete of the opposite sex and...Click to know more
May 20, 2020
Cancer cells deactivate their ‘Velcro’ to go on the...
Cancer cells remain clumped together via a sort of ‘Velcro’ which allows them to adhere to each other wherever they appear. In order for cancer cells to leave a tumour and spread throughout the body during metastatic processes, cancer cells must reduce their adhesion and increase their...Click to know more
April 15, 2020
Mechanobiology: what makes bacterial pathogens so stiff?
Bacteria are surrounded by mechanically rigid cell envelopes, which play important roles in controlling cellular processes like growth, division, adhesion as well as resistance to drugs and environmental stresses. In the prototypical pathogen Escherichia coli, it has long been believed that...Click to know more
April 03, 2020
Lock the door on coronavirus
How does the new coronavirus enter our cells and how do we keep it from entering? The team of David Alsteens (LIBST) will tackle these two questions with the help of state-of-the-art equipment, the atomic force microscope, and expertise on the interactions between viruses and their host cells....Click to know more
March 26, 2020
Perverting cell-to-cell communication in streptococci
Bacteria have developed cell-to-cell communication systems to exchange information in order to coordinate a population response toward various stimuli. For instance, the ComR-ComS system is broadly present in streptococci and deeply studied in Pr. Pascal Hols´ lab and its postdoctoral...Click to know more