A Camel to the Rescue: Nanobodies against SARS-CoV-2

Created with BioRender.com Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, antibodies have been under the spotlight as potential therapeutics. Antibodies patrol the body and bind to their specific target region, known as an epitope, on an antigen. In humans, antibodies consist of 2 heavy chains and 2 light chains held together by disulfide bonds (see graphical abstract). However, asContinue reading “A Camel to the Rescue: Nanobodies against SARS-CoV-2”

An Unexpected Linkage: The Gut-Skin Axis

Created with BioRender.com In the public discussion of microbes, there is often a negative connotation attached to microbes such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites due to the presence of pathogenic individuals in each category. However, microbes are not synonymous with pathogens. For instance, some gut bacteria are well-acknowledged for their importance in the nutrientContinue reading “An Unexpected Linkage: The Gut-Skin Axis”

Slowing Down Inflamm-Aging with Diet

Source: istock What if I tell you that you can greatly improve your immune system by just cutting your calories by 40%?  If you are as skeptical as I, your cursor would be on its way to the “close tab” button after reading that first sentence. In my very personal and non-scientific opinion, a 40%Continue reading “Slowing Down Inflamm-Aging with Diet”

A step towards affordable cell therapy using mRNA technology

This image was created with Biorender.com A decade ago, a novel immunotherapy ravaged two pounds of cancer cells and revolutionized the treatment of blood cancer. This immunotherapy isolated T cells from a patient and inserts a gene encoding synthetic chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) ex-vivo into T cells. These CARs contain regions to redirect T cellsContinue reading “A step towards affordable cell therapy using mRNA technology”