Hello, and welcome to the #bioscisews round-up! This is the place where you can find all the important biosci new stories from the past week, in a short, digestible paragraph.
This week’s news
Hypothesised fat-burning regulatory genes. Researchers have proposed a genetic pathway that is involved in adipocyte thermogenesis – in lamens terms – genes that regulate heat generation from fat in fat cells in the human body.
Vitamin D and Multiple Sclerosis. Some people are genetically prone to have low vitamin D levels (as Vit D is produced by the body when sunlight hits the skin), and this has now been associated with a higher risk of developing MS.
Novel antibiotic from chestnut leaves. Working on historical botanical cures for infections, a novel antibiotic has been discovered in chestnut leaves, which is active against super bugs – such as ones with high levels of antibiotic resistance.
Ants self-medicating. Despite being poisonous, for the first time, ants have been shown to consume foods rich in hydrogen peroxide, if they have a dangerous fungal disease, as a method to treat themselves.
Hope you enjoyed this week’s news round-up, thanks for reading!
Stewart Barker The University of Sheffield @Stewart_Barker