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Blasting Off: Researchers Discover a Pressure Sensor in Rice Blast Fungus

Blasting Off: Researchers Discover a Pressure Sensor in Rice Blast Fungus

One of the most devastating diseases for rice farmers today is the rice blast disease, which creates a yield loss of approximately ten to thirty percent each year—enough rice crops to feed about sixty million people.  This disease, caused by

A Fetal Blueprint: Scientists Develop New Way to Study Fetal Development

A Fetal Blueprint: Scientists Develop New Way to Study Fetal Development

Our understanding of development has been primarily derived from animal studies.  Until recently, how our immune system develops have been largely unknown. However, this question is important to solve, as understanding human development has important implications in understanding childhood diseases,

Drug Addiction and Mood Disorders: The Effect of Cholinergic Receptor Blockade on Relapse and Anxiety

Drug Addiction and Mood Disorders: The Effect of Cholinergic Receptor Blockade on Relapse and Anxiety

To explain what we take for granted, that is one of the fundamental tenets of science. One such experience that is often accepted as true is the association between drug relapse and the prevalence of mood disorders. Dr. Nii Addy,

How Mammalian Vision Develops: A Potential Key to Understanding Brain Development

How Mammalian Vision Develops: A Potential Key to Understanding Brain Development

The visual system, as it turns out, may be the key to understanding brain development. Recently, a group of researchers in the Crair lab at Yale have utilized new research techniques, including wide-field calcium imaging allowing for comparison between multiple

Identifying Cancer Targets

Identifying Cancer Targets

Harnessing your own immune defenses and using them to kill tumor cells. This simple, yet revolutionary idea, is the premise of immunotherapy. When our body is not actively fighting an infection, the immune system is turned off using various mechanisms

Controlling Smooth Muscle Growth: Combining NO and the Fas ligand with stent treatment

Controlling Smooth Muscle Growth: Combining NO and the Fas ligand with stent treatment

Since heart disease is the leading cause of death in America, treatments like using drug-eluting stents to combat atherosclerosis—the narrowing of blood vessels due to plaque buildup—have become essential. However, bare metal stents, tubes inserted into blood vessels to help

Imaging Type 1 Diabetes: Detecting Beta Cells with PET

Imaging Type 1 Diabetes: Detecting Beta Cells with PET

A recent discovery made in Yale University’s Department of Radiology and Bioimaging could accelerate the development of Type-1 diabetes therapies. This group of Yale medical researchers, along with collaborators at Columbia University, have identified a ligand to aid in imaging

Modeling Medicine: Developing Modern Machine Models for Healthcare

Modeling Medicine: Developing Modern Machine Models for Healthcare

“If you had a specialist who was seeing [similar cases] all day, what would they say?” This is the question that a Yale research group led by Loren Laine, Interim Chief of Digestive Diseases at Yale, seeks to answer in

Poison Control: Removing arsenic with reusable nanofibers

Poison Control: Removing arsenic with reusable nanofibers

A carcinogenic heavy metal, arsenic can leach into groundwater through both natural and man-made processes. At least 140 million people in 50 countries have been exposed to drinking water contaminated with arsenic. Current methods of arsenic removal typically involve two