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Undergraduate Profile: Alexander Epstein (SY ’18): Peering into the mind of a future leader in science

Yale senior Alex Epstein (SY ’18) discusses how he developed his interest in biology and research, from his childhood experiences at the Museum of Natural History to his research at Yale.

Optimal Leaps in Optimizing Fat Burn: Improving Our Diet and Health Routines With a Coin-Size Sensor

Think your diet and workout routine are burning fat? You might want to check again. Researchers at ETH Zurich and the University Hospital Zurich have developed an affordable, portable and reliable breath sensor to test rates of fat burning during and following exercise.

Studying the Few to Serve the Many: Studying the rare Gaucher disease to discover molecular mechanisms behind the common Parkinson’s Disease

Yale scientists found two potential enzymes to target via cell therapy to treat the common variety of Parkinson’s disease associated with Gaucher disease. These two enzymes regulate the pathology of the specific lipids that accumulate due to Gaucher disease.

Lyme and Punishment: How Human Activity May Affect the Spread of Lyme disease

Contrary to the popular Plum Island conspiracy, Lyme disease may have origins some 60,000 years in the past.

Making the most of twists and turns: Harvesting mechanical energy with carbon nanotube yarns

American and South Korean scientists have developed carbon nanotube yarns that convert twisting and stretching motions into electrical signals. The applications range from wearable sensors to harnessing the energy of ocean waves.

Solarizing Through Social Networks

Installing solar panels can be contagious. Dr. Kenneth Gillingham of Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies researches how solar adoption campaigns in Connecticut can take advantage of the peer effects of solar installation.

Destroying Viruses: A New Protein Could Unlock the Key to Curing Respiratory and Mosquito-Borne Viruses

Despite advances in modern medicine, many respiratory and mosquito-borne viruses still have few treatment options. SPCA1, a calcium transporter required in the viral life cycle, may be a potential target to eliminate viruses such as RSV, Zika, and West Nile.

Hot and Cold: Effect of Temperature on Virus Transmission

Local temperatures influence viral infection rates in mosquitos. Yale researchers in the department of ecology and evolutionary biology find a new link between temperature and mosquito and viral genotypes, providing more clues to successfully predict viral outbreaks.

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