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Mosquitoes Survive

Mosquitoes Survive

It is an increasingly common and controversial strategy to reduce populations of  mosquitoes that can transmit dangerous diseases. But a new Yale study finds that it might not work and might actually make things worse. Oxitec, a commercial biotechnology company,

Expanding Cancer Immunotherapy Targets

Expanding Cancer Immunotherapy Targets

The human immune system is an arsenal ready to fend off invading pathogens. In recent years, the emerging field of cancer immunotherapy has shown that the immune system can sometimes also fight cancer. Now Yale scientists headed by Sidi Chen,

Yale Scientists Create Novel Framework to Detect Hidden Virus Outbreaks

Yale Scientists Create Novel Framework to Detect Hidden Virus Outbreaks

In 2016, a Zika epidemic raged across the Americas, leading to more than 1,263 reported infections. Zika is a mosquito-borne virus that has been linked to an increased risk of neurological complications in adults and children, and birth defects in

A New Window into the Brain

A New Window into the Brain

If you have ever had an MRI or PET scan, you may have wondered how doctors interpret those images of your brain. For decades, they have used what is known as the Standard Cognitive Model (SCM) to study processes that

Nature’s Electrical Engineers: The Discovery of Bacterial Nanowire Composition and Structure

Nature’s Electrical Engineers: The Discovery of Bacterial Nanowire Composition and Structure

Picture this: Mother Nature, safety glasses on, soldering iron in hand. If Mother Nature held any occupation, few would suggest that she would be an electrical engineer. Yet, the mere existence of Geobacter suggests that we should reconsider.Geobacter are common

Delivering the Lethal Blow: New Cancer Drug Inhibits DNA Repair

Delivering the Lethal Blow: New Cancer Drug Inhibits DNA Repair

Many standard cancer treatments, like radiotherapy and chemotherapy, attempt to create damage in the DNA of cancer cells. Unfortunately, these treatments are often ineffective because cancer cells can respond by activating their DNA repair pathway, allowing them to fix their

What’s That Smell?  Analyzing How Different Smells are Detected

What’s That Smell? Analyzing How Different Smells are Detected

Evolutionarily speaking, smell was the first sense to develop, and yet we still know so little about it. We measure light intensity in watts and sound in decibels, but measuring smell is more arduous because odor environments are exceedingly complex

How do Plants Tell Time?

How do Plants Tell Time?

Circadian rhythms are biological clocks that regulate all organisms’ day-night cycles. Professor Josh Gendron and his team recently shed light on how Arabiposis plants regulate their circadian clocks according to sunlight exposure. Although it was known that when Zeitlupe (ZTL)—photoreceptor

Digit Evolution: Debate over bird wing development

Digit Evolution: Debate over bird wing development

Wiggle your fingers. There should be ten of them. Now wiggle your toes. Still ten, right? We’re obviously not the only species that have digits. Birds have digits too. However, the development of their digits and consequently their wings is

(Mistaken For a) Stranger Danger: What the microbiome can teach us about autoimmunity

(Mistaken For a) Stranger Danger: What the microbiome can teach us about autoimmunity

It is well known that trillions of microorganisms populate our guts and perform a multitude of beneficial functions, including digestion. However, new research by Yale scientists suggests that one of the generally harmless bacteria in our microbiome might be the