Universiteit Leiden

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Bioscience: the science base of health

Recent developments in life sciences have created exciting possibilities for fundamental research as well as clinical applications. Knowledge about the genome of humans and model organisms, and techniques to manipulate genes and their expression allow for an unprecedented degree of control over biological processes, yielding new insights into the working mechanisms of cells, organs and organisms. Powerful new imaging techniques, both at macroscopic, microscopic and sub-cellular level, make it possible to track key processes and substances (biomarkers) over time.