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Alumni Profile: Esther Choo (JE ’94, MD ’01)

Dr. Esther Choo’s work transcends the walls of the emergency room. Besides treating patients and conducting research, she also utilizes her 20K-follower Twitter platform to advocate for social equity in the medical field.

Pesticides, Honey, and Dead Bees: Global honey contamination with neonicotinoids

A team of researchers from University and Botanical Garden of Neuchâtel constructed a global map of honey exposure to a class of pesticides termed “neonics,” showing that 75% of all samples were contaminated with the pesticides.

Mars Mirrors Early Earth: Hydrothermal seafloor deposits on Mars send us back in time

Researchers recently discovered evidence of ancient hydrothermal deposits in the Eridania Basin on Mars. These may hold insight into the conditions surrounding the origin of life on Earth.

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.

Professor Spotlight: Professor Jim Mayer wins 2018 ACS Award in Inorganic Chemistry

Professor Jim Mayer was recently named one of the winners of the 2018 ACS Award in Inorganic Chemistry and has published multiple papers in 2017. His lab focuses on synthesis of new molecules, analysis of their structure and properties, and study of their chemical reactivity.

Demystifying the Genes Behind Breast Cancer

It’s taken over two decades to fit together pieces of information about the BRCA genes behind breast and ovarian cancer. Researchers in the Sung Lab at Yale University, led by Patrick Sung and Weixing Zhao, have tackled the problem by developing a way to study proteins, which led to discovering the function of BRCA1 and its interaction with other genes in the role of tumor expression.

How Genes Affect Your Flu Vaccines

A national study has confirmed a genetic link to our bodies’ responses to the flu vaccine. Yale Associate Professor of Medicine Ruth Montgomery explains the significance of this discovery to the future of vaccination.

When the Weakest Survive: How weak competitors provide resilience to climate change

Survival of the fittest isn’t the end of the story. New research by Yale scientists shows that weak species are able to grow with stronger species, and the presence of weak species may help ecosystems respond to climate change.

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