Iron With Three Arms

Iron With Three Arms

In biological systems, iron-sulfur (Fe-S) clusters act as components of electron transfer proteins. These clusters occur in various different forms, including cubanes (4Fe-4S) and diamond (2Fe-2S) structures. All known iron-sulfur clusters yield high-spin electron configurations, meaning that one electron is

RIG-Ing the Immune System: Discovering the mechanisms of immune receptor activation

RIG-Ing the Immune System: Discovering the mechanisms of immune receptor activation

The human immune system is widely studied due to its integral role in health, from preventing infection to the development of autoimmune diseases. At Yale University, Professor Anna Pyle’s lab is specifically interested in the function of innate immune receptor

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

Urban Forestry

Urban Forestry

Turning Over a New Leaf As cities grow larger and denser, the forests within their boundaries become increasingly important. Urban forests provide benefits such as increased air quality, heat island reduction, and recreation. However, planting trees is time-consuming and expensive,

Self-Healing Chips

Self-Healing Chips

A push forward for computer memory As computer applications grow increasingly data-intensive, many researchers are investigating phase change memory (PCM) as a more effective form of information storage.] PCM is a memory technology that exploits the material properties of germanium-antimony-tellurium

Peering into Pores

Peering into Pores

DNA origami in nuclear pore complexes Origami is a delicate art that creates elaborate structures from folding a simple sheet of paper. However, it is more than just an art; origami is also a technological method for modern biological research.

MarathonRT

MarathonRT

A new reverse transcriptase copies lengthy transcripts Reverse transcriptase is an enzyme that converts an RNA template molecule to DNA. By conserving sequence information and enabling easy amplification, this enzyme allows scientists to investigate RNA. Researchers from the Pyle lab

Stopping Cancer in its Tracks

Stopping Cancer in its Tracks

A Technique To Predict Gene Resistance Can Lead to More Effective Treatments A major challenge in treating cancer is that tumors often become resistant to treatment over time. To understand the mechanism behind this resistance, researchers at the Yale School

Reimagining The Impacts Of Hydraulic Fracturing:

Reimagining The Impacts Of Hydraulic Fracturing:

How a high-throughput reactor can prevent environmental damage rather than merely assess it It has become commonplace to clean up man-made environmental messes, but a recent publication from the Plata lab in Yale’s Chemical and Environmental Engineering Department focused on

A New Family Tree

A New Family Tree

Exploring the unique development of siphonophores As far as gelatinous predators go, the Portuguese Man of War is well known, particularly to frequent beach-goers. Its long tentacles, which produce a painful sting upon contact with its prey, make it a