The smallest of things can cause devastation. A word can hurt deeply. Distraction can create an accident. A spark can set off a fire. In the world of molecular biology, "small" rules. Life itself thrives on a very fragile harmony.. More.
We are highly adaptable. We have been for the past few million years, and continue to be so on a daily basis. Whichever way you look at it, the art of adaptation really is just a way of preserving your integrity ... More.
September 2016 neXtProt release
We are pleased to announce that new variant phenotype data annotated by the neXtProt team has been integrated. New sequence variations arising either from mutagenesis or variants found in patients have been added. More
We are not alone. From the day we are born, we carry with us hordes of microorganisms which, if all is going well, live off us while giving something in return. This micro-universe which is an integral part of our physiology ... More.
Protein Spotlight: Of plastic and men
Nature has extraordinary resources. Here we are trashing her land, sea and atmosphere - and have been for over a century now - with all sorts of chemistry she didn't ask for and which, sooner or later, will prove to be harmful .... More.
Like life, cells are subject to continuous change. Nothing in the vicinity of a cell remains still - unless death has interrupted its course. The same goes for the inside of each cell. All sorts of molecules are being shuttled.... More.
Sometimes we are forced to see things differently. But it is never easy because we are creatures of habit and, like it or not, shackled by what we were first led to believe. This is exactly what happened with the prion. .... More.
Museums have their curators. Art galleries too. Their job is to look after collections they are knowledgeable about and present them to an audience in a way that makes sense and is informative. Biocurators do the same... More.
Outside, clouds glide across the horizon. A man on the street below seems in a hurry. Two cars and a lorry drive past him. And a sparrow lands on the windowsill. None of this may seem particularly eventful to you... More.