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Piecing Together the Protein Repacking Puzzle

Piecing Together the Protein Repacking Puzzle

Proteins play an important role in all life processes. From catalyzing reactions to protecting our body to supporting cell structure, proteins have a wide variety of functions based on each specific protein’s structure. Naturally-occurring proteins are perfectly evolved for their

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Breathe Easy

Breathe Easy

Wouldn’t it be nice if killing lung cancer cells was as easy as flipping a switch? As it turns out, effectively targeting these cells is more like a dimmer rather than a switch, but it can be done, according to

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Alumni Profile: Dr. Brian Kobilka (MD ’81)

Alumni Profile: Dr. Brian Kobilka (MD ’81)

Dr. Brian Kobilka has certainly had a successful career in research: he runs a biochemistry lab at Stanford, has published widely in top journals such as Science and Nature, and won a Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2012 for his

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Sugar Snares with Calories Instead of Sweetness

Sugar Snares with Calories Instead of Sweetness

Despite what many researchers have thought, we are attracted to sugar more because of its caloric content than its sweetness, a new Yale study proposes. The study may provide new strategies to avoid excess sugar consumption as well as insight into balancing nutrition and taste in food products.

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The Flow of Flavor: How Exhaling While Eating Affects Smell and Taste

The Flow of Flavor: How Exhaling While Eating Affects Smell and Taste

While eating and drinking, we can only taste and smell our food when we exhale. A collaboration between Yale School of Medicine’s Shepherd Laboratory, the Mechanical Engineering faculty, and the Center for Engineering Innovation and Design reveals the physiological phenomenon behind this.

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Sunscreen That Blocks More Than Sun: How a Small-But-Mighty Nanoparticle is Revolutionizing Sun Protection

Sunscreen That Blocks More Than Sun: How a Small-But-Mighty Nanoparticle is Revolutionizing Sun Protection

Think you’re beach ready? Read this first! Yale researchers have developed a new sunblock formula which, unlike typical sunblock, does not sink into the skin and alter DNA.

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Tearing Down a Bacterial Blockade

Tearing Down a Bacterial Blockade

Researchers at Yale use organic chemistry techniques to answer critical biological questions, such as how drug-resistant bacteria evade the immune system.

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Highly Aromatic with a Smooth, Microbial Finish: Yeast S. cerevisiae dictates the nuances of wine

Highly Aromatic with a Smooth, Microbial Finish: Yeast S. cerevisiae dictates the nuances of wine

There’s a new reason to say ‘cheers’ to the microbe. For the first time, scientists have experimentally determined that the yeast S. cerevisiae has a significant influence on regional variations in wine flavor and smell.

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Mosquitoes Resistant to Malaria: Scientists investigate the innate immune response in Anopheles gambiae

Mosquitoes Resistant to Malaria: Scientists investigate the innate immune response in Anopheles gambiae

Anopheles gambiae is professor Richard Baxter’s insect of interest, and it is easy to see why: The mosquito species found in sub-Saharan Africa excels at transmitting malaria, one of the deadliest infectious diseases. “[Malaria] is a scourge of the developing

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Lupus-causing Agent Shows Potential for Cancer Treatment

Lupus-causing Agent Shows Potential for Cancer Treatment

Some of the world’s deadliest diseases manifest when the body begins to betray itself. In cancer, mutated cells proliferate and overrun normal ones. Lupus, an autoimmune disease, occurs when the body’s immune system begins to attack its own cells. But

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