Inside Life Science
This series brings you inside the science of health. Each story shows how basic biomedical research—from the history of a field to the people doing cutting-edge work today—lays the foundation for advances in disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Through explorations of how the body works and highlights from recent studies, you’ll discover even more on what scientists have found and are finding about fundamental life processes. NIGMS supported all of the featured research.
Understanding the different garbage disposal systems that cells use to keep their interiors neat and tidy is shedding light on a range of diseases and potential treatments.
Sticky, slimy microbial metropolises called biofilms can quickly clog medical devices implanted in the body. Details about the process could help shape strategies to prevent such blockages.
G protein-coupled receptors control practically every bodily process. Researchers have now given us a peek at their structures, key to understanding how they work and designing drugs that target them.