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How is lactaid milk made?

How is lactaid milk made?

Recently, the undergraduate Yale blog entitled “CrossCampus” uncovered a scandal in one of the undergraduate dining halls: the dining hall was serving expired lactaid milk. But what exactly is lactaid milk, how is it made, and is it more prone

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On-Off Switch Controls Cancer

On-Off Switch Controls Cancer

A significant stride has been made with the recent discovery that tumorigenesis may be controlled by an endogenous molecular “on-off ” switch.

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Jon Russell

Jon Russell

How did Russell, a transplant from the forests of Scarborough, Maine, grow into his role here at Yale?

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Systems Biology: Revolutions in Biology

Systems Biology: Revolutions in Biology

Within the past decade alone, researchers in the growing field of systems biology have been able to employ previously unavailable computing strategies and hardware to begin answer­ing fundamental questions, such as the nature of protein syn­thesis and fatty-acid metabolism.

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Riboswitches: A Molecular Archeological Discovery

Riboswitches: A Molecular Archeological Discovery

In 2002, Ronald Breaker, incoming department chair of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, discovered riboswitches, and his lab continues to identify new classes of these small functional RNAs.

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The Rice Atlas

The Rice Atlas

Oryza sativa, more commonly known as rice, has served as a model organism for biological research regarding molecular genetics, and the Rice Atlas, a database of gene activity in 60 different rice cells types has now become available,

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Bacterial Kayaking

Bacterial Kayaking

Hür Köser, Associate Professor of Electrical Engi­neering, came across bacterial hydrodynamics when studying chemotaxis, or the way bacteria direct their motion in response to chemical signals.

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Moving Beyond a Classic Role of MicroRNAs

Moving Beyond a Classic Role of MicroRNAs

The 2009 Scaringe Award from the RNA Society was awarded to Shobha Vasudevan, post­doctoral fellow in Joan Steitz’s laboratory, who has discovered a novel role for microRNAs in quiescent frog cells.

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Frederic Richards: Founder of MB&B Department

Frederic Richards: Founder of MB&B Department

Frederic Richards, Sterling Professor Emeritus and founding chair of the Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry department, passed away on January 11, 2009. He was 83.

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Expanding the Genetic Code: Discovery of Two New Amino Acids

Expanding the Genetic Code: Discovery of Two New Amino Acids

In high school biology classes, we learn that there are 20 amino acids. But in the past two decades, researchers have discovered two addi­tional amino acids that are incorporated into natural genetic codes – selenocysteine (Sec) and pyrrolysine (Pyl).

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