Latest Advancements in Research
Researchers at Johns Hopkins are constantly advancing science through basic, translational and clinical investigations. Here are highlights of our most current findings.
Molecular 'Eat Now' Signal Makes Cells Devour Dying Neighbors
Researchers have created a Pac-Man-style power pellet that gets normally mild-mannered cells to gobble up their undesirable neighbors. The development may point the way to therapies that enlist patients’ own cells to better fend off infection and even cancer.
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'Game Theory' Reveals Vulnerability of Metastatic Cancer Cells
Cancer’s no game, but researchers are borrowing ideas from evolutionary game theory to learn how cells cooperate within a tumor to gather energy. Their experiments could identify the ideal time to disrupt the cells’ cooperation and make a tumor more vulnerable to anti-cancer drugs therapies that enlist patients’ own cells to better fend off infection and even cancer.
Potent Spider Toxin 'Electrocutes' German, Not American, Cockroaches
Using spider toxins to study the proteins that let nerve cells send out electrical signals, researchers have stumbled upon a biological tactic that may offer a new way to protect crops from insect plagues in a safe and environmentally responsible way.
Eye Scans Examined Remotely Detect Eye Damage in Premature Babies
Remote examination of eye scans can be nearly as effective as traditional eye exams in detecting premature newborns with a potentially blinding eye disorder, according to a new study. This use of “telemedicine” could improve access to care and reduce screening costs.