A new study shows that the relationship between our genetic make-up and our metabolism – the chemistry of life that goes on inside our cells – is a two-way street. Not only do our genes regulate how the food we eat is broken down, but how our food is broken down regulates our genes.
With no effective treatments currently available, there is an urgent and important need to develop new drugs to treat pancreatic cancer. After carrying out tests in lab cells and mice, researchers propose that nimbolide, a natural extract from the leaves of the neem tree, could meet such a need.
HIV attacks the body’s CD4 cells, or T cells – a type of white blood cell that plays a major role in helping the immune system fight infection. Antiretroviral therapy aims to control HIV and restore immune function, but the effectiveness of HIV treatment in adults may be hampered by low levels of vitamin D.