cell biology

The gut environment is complex, with different amounts and types of micro-organisms along its length. What role do commensal intestinal micro-organisms have on homeostatic mechanisms in health and development of disease? This article explores some of these emerging frontiers in our understanding of gut bacteria.
 
We constantly interact with microbes of all sizes and shapes. But, only a very small number of these interactions lead to disease. So, how do disease-causing microbes enter our body? How does the human body defend itself against them? This article explores some of these questions in the context of common cold.
 
“I tried to picture myself as a virus or a cancer cell and tried to sense what it would be like.” Jonas Salk (Scientist and discoverer of the polio vaccine)

The story of Microbiology comes handy for a teacher to help build context of the kind of risks researchers take which in the longer run was hugely beneficial to the humankind. Stories of this kind help them see the underlying principles of how human body works and how it responds to pathogens.

Human skin type varies from person to person. However, there are some facts that apply to all skin types. 

One fact about most living organisms is that they grow rapidly during the initial stages of their lives. You yourself have been growing taller since you were born. In fact, you will continue growing in height until you are about 18-20 years of age.

How does this happen? When a building grows in height, we know it is because we add more construction material to it. When a human being himself/herself grows in height, what is the mechanism that leads to an increase in height? Let's find out!

Biology is usually termed as a subject one needs to 'blindly memorize' facts after facts after facts. A dull, boring subject that is there to demonize learners where there is no escape. Well, the Amoeba Sisters wish to right this wrong.

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