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Follow the Energy, See Where it Goes: Investigating the energetic expenditures of embryonic cleavage divisions

Follow the Energy, See Where it Goes: Investigating the energetic expenditures of embryonic cleavage divisions

Energy is a tricky concept. The term is bandied around within and without science; even among scientists, “ener­gy” takes different meanings in different contexts. Though it is far from straight­forward to define what energy actually is, more important is what

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Blaming Bacteria: The biggest contributor to human drug metabolism isn’t human

Blaming Bacteria: The biggest contributor to human drug metabolism isn’t human

You share 99.9 percent of your genetic material with the person sitting next to you. This genetic material, or DNA, encodes the proteins your body produces and, by extension, all of your traits. However, despite your genetic similarity, your neighbor

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A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution

A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution

Genetics courses at universities across the country would do well to add Jennifer Doudna’s and Samuel H. Sternberg’s A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution to their syllabi. This account of the rise of

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Walking on (Cornstarch and) Water

Walking on (Cornstarch and) Water

The unusual fluid and solid-like properties of cornstarch and water Cornstarch is a common household item that can be used for a variety of purposes, from thickening a culinary creation to removing the stain from your favorite shirt, but high-impact

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Studying the Few to Serve the Many: Studying the rare Gaucher disease to discover molecular mechanisms behind the common Parkinson’s Disease

Studying the Few to Serve the Many: Studying the rare Gaucher disease to discover molecular mechanisms behind the common Parkinson’s Disease

Yale scientists found two potential enzymes to target via cell therapy to treat the common variety of Parkinson’s disease associated with Gaucher disease. These two enzymes regulate the pathology of the specific lipids that accumulate due to Gaucher disease.

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Demystifying the Genes Behind Breast Cancer

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.

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Undergraduate Profile: Peter Wang (TD ’18): A Modern-Day Renaissance Man

Undergraduate Profile: Peter Wang (TD ’18): A Modern-Day Renaissance Man

Peter Wang is a current senior majoring in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. While at Yale, he’s done it all—from publishing a paper in ACS Biochemistry to going on a month-long solo journey through Europe.

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Alumni Profile: Sandy Chang (YC ’88)

Alumni Profile: Sandy Chang (YC ’88)

Sandy Chang, Associate Dean for Science Education, shares his journey in STEM and his strong belief in mentorship as the key to success. As a past alum of Yale College (and Yale Scientific Magazine), Chang is here to give back to his students.

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Not So Sweet: Metabolic Problems Caused by Artificial Sweeteners

Not So Sweet: Metabolic Problems Caused by Artificial Sweeteners

A new Yale study shows that a mismatch between sweetness and calories can fool the body’s metabolic system and interrupt digestion. What is the link between artificial sweeteners and diabetes?

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The Ancient Cellular Language

The Ancient Cellular Language

Yale researchers Ronald R. Breaker and James W. Nelson further explore a controversial idea regarding the beginnings of life on earth, called “The RNA World Hypothesis,” which proposes that the first cells were controlled entirely by RNA molecules before the creation of DNA or proteins.

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