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April 15, 2011

Controversial TOFT Theory of Cancer Versus SMT Model: Authors Do Battle in BioEssays

Writing in BioEssays, cancer scientists Ana Soto and Carlos Sonnenschein pit their controversial Tissue Organization Field Theory (TOFT) of the origin of cancer against the widely accepted Somatic Mutation Theory (SMT) in what is believed to be the first time the two theories have formally opposed each other – championed by authors from opposite sides of the debate – in a common forum for discussion.

June 16, 2014

High-Altitude Weight Loss May Have an Evolutionary Advantage

Weight loss at high altitudes—something universally experienced by climbers and people who move to higher terrain—may not be a detrimental effect, but rather is likely an evolutionarily-programmed adaptation, according to a new article in BioEssays.

March 17, 2014

Eat More, Die Young: Why Eating a Diet Very Low In Nutrients Can Extend Lifespan

 A new evolutionary theory in BioEssays claims that consuming a diet very low in nutrients can extend lifespan in laboratory animals, a finding which could hold clues to promoting healthier ageing in humans.


February 18, 2014

Rethinking the Big Sleep: New Research Explains How General Anesthesia Works

New research in BioEssays explores underlying neurological mechanics behind general anesthetic

September 02, 2013

Intimate Parasites and a Parental Arms Race: Did Retroviruses Drive Placental Evolution

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November 05, 2012

How Our Gender Determines Our Ability to Fight off Infections

Our response to viruses may be down to our gender, reveals new research published in BioEssays.

7:00 PM EDT August 29, 2012

Living Against the Clock; Does Loss of Daily Rhythms Cause Obesity?

When Thomas Edison tested the first light bulb in 1879, he could never have imagined that his invention could one day contribute to a global obesity epidemic. Electric light allows us to work, rest and play at all hours of the day, and a paper published this week in Bioessays suggests that this might have serious consequences for our health and for our waistlines.

7:00 PM EST March 07, 2012

Men Respond More Aggressively Than Women to Stress and it’s All Down to a Single Gene

The pulse quickens, the heart pounds and adrenalin courses through the veins, but in stressful situations is our reaction controlled by our genes, and does it differ between the sexes? Australian scientists, writing in BioEssays, believe the SRY gene, which directs male development, may promote aggression and other traditionally male behavioural traits resulting in the fight-or-flight reaction to stress.

September 28, 2011

Women Have Stronger Immune Systems Than Men and it’s All Down to a Single Chromosome

As anyone familiar with the phrase ‘man-flu’ will know women consider themselves to be the more robust side of the species when it comes to health and illness. Now new research, published in BioEssays, seems to support the idea.

January 13, 2011

Origins of the Pandemic: Study Reveals Lessons of H1N1

As H1N1 ‘Swine Flu’ returns to the national headlines a new research paper reveals the key lessons about the origins of the 2009 pandemic. The paper, published today in BioEssays, reveals how the pandemic challenges the traditional understanding of ‘antigenic shift’ , given that the virus emerged from an existing influenza subtype.

February 02, 2010

New Research Rejects 80-year Theory of ‘Primordial Soup’ as the Origin of Life

Earth’s Chemical Energy Powered Early Life through ‘the most revolutionary idea in biology since Darwin’ Reports BioEssays

November 17, 2009

Solving the 50-Year-Old Puzzle of Thalidomide

'Renaissance’ in Use May Lead to New Treatments for Controversial Drug, reports Bioessays