Snowballing Into a New Age:  How the Meltwater Pump May Have Contributed to Evolution

Snowballing Into a New Age: How the Meltwater Pump May Have Contributed to Evolution

Image courtesy of Ellie Gabriel. How was earth able to sustain life during a major ice age known as Snowball Earth? During that period, the planet was covered with ice sheets for millions of years. This phenomenon resulted in ocean

Put Down Your Drink:  Investigating the Role of the Kappa Opioid Receptor behind Intense Alcohol Cravings

Put Down Your Drink: Investigating the Role of the Kappa Opioid Receptor behind Intense Alcohol Cravings

Image courtesy of Grace Macdonald. Throughout history, alcohol has been enjoyed as a source of personal relaxation, a delightful accompaniment to meals, and a social lubricant. What happens when your preoccupation with alcohol becomes so intense that it inhibits your

War on Anxiety: Veterans’ Genomes Used to Discover Anxiety Genes

War on Anxiety: Veterans’ Genomes Used to Discover Anxiety Genes

Image courtesy of Libertas Academica. Ever felt anxious before a test or important presentation? Maybe it’s genetic. Researchers at the Yale School of Medicine and UC San Diego partnered with the Department of Veterans Affairs to study the genetic underpinnings

Cocktail Shrimp or Comma Shrimp? What Ancient Shrimp Can Teach Us About Evolution

Cocktail Shrimp or Comma Shrimp? What Ancient Shrimp Can Teach Us About Evolution

Image courtesy of Audrey Steinkamp. Imagine mindlessly digging into the ground and suddenly finding a fossil of a never-before-seen species. For some, such an experience is merely a dream, but for Javier Luque, a postdoctoral fellow at Yale’s Department of

Targeting the Mitochondria: Articulating Safety to Combat Liver Disease

Targeting the Mitochondria: Articulating Safety to Combat Liver Disease

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), which afflicts up to one-third of the general adult population, is swiftly becoming the most common cause of chronic liver disease. NAFLD is also associated with type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. In a Yale-spearheaded

SAUCIE: An Innovative Beginning For Single Cell Analysis

SAUCIE: An Innovative Beginning For Single Cell Analysis

In the digital era, large amounts of data are collected without efficient means to analyze the information, especially in medicine. To solve this problem, a group of scientists, led by Professor Smita Krishnaswamy of Yale University, created SAUCIE (Sparse Autoencoder

Paired Growth: What stars reveal about black holes

Paired Growth: What stars reveal about black holes

Black holes, with intense gravity that even light cannot escape, have long intrigued astronomers and physicists. These black holes often lie at the center of galaxies, gradually pulling in stellar material. Previous research found proof of a positive correlation between

Long Live the Organoids: How researchers induced vascularization in brain organoids to enhance their maturity

Long Live the Organoids: How researchers induced vascularization in brain organoids to enhance their maturity

Through cutting-edge advancements in the field of genetics, researchers are now able to grow three-dimensional models of organs, called organoids, using in-vitro methods. Generating organoids for the human brain has become a pioneering research effort, especially the use of human

Targeting Tumors with RNA: An elegant collaboration between RNA structure and immunology

Targeting Tumors with RNA: An elegant collaboration between RNA structure and immunology

Cancer is the second-largest killer in America and one of the most difficult diseases to treat. How do we possibly target cancer cells when they appear almost exactly the same as our own healthy cells? Recently, two Yale research groups

Not-Dehydrated Squirrels:  How Hibernating Squirrels Stay Hydrated

Not-Dehydrated Squirrels: How Hibernating Squirrels Stay Hydrated

Humans are thirsty animals—it’s built into our DNA. But have you ever thought about what happens in your body when you feel an overpowering urge to quench your thirst? Thirst is triggered by a surge in compounds which affect the