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let-7 miRNA Helps Suppress Lung Tumor Cells

let-7 miRNA Helps Suppress Lung Tumor Cells

Recently, Dr. Frank Slack, Associate Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, made further breakthroughs working with these miRNA molecules, specifically with the let-7 miRNA and its use as a lung tumor-suppressor.

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Crystallizing the Architects of Diversity

Crystallizing the Architects of Diversity

Professor Anna M. Pyle recently led a group of researchers who solved the structure of the group II splicing intron, a molecule responsible for diversifying the world’s most ancient organisms.

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Polycystic Kidney Disease: Traditional Chinese medicine inspires modern-day therapy

Polycystic Kidney Disease: Traditional Chinese medicine inspires modern-day therapy

Last year, a team led by Professor Craig Crews of Departments of Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology, Pharmacology, and Chemistry) stumbled onto an herb that could potentially be of use in treating Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD).

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Undergrad profile: Sun Lee, SY ’09

Undergrad profile: Sun Lee, SY ’09

Last March, Sun Lee, SY ’09, found herself with fourteen other Yalies, a professor, and a guide in the rainforest of Peru, slashing her way through the underbrush in search of plants. As part of the Rain Forest Expedition course,

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Reading + Science = Literacy : Haskins Laboratories and the Promise of Eliminating Illiteracy

Reading + Science = Literacy : Haskins Laboratories and the Promise of Eliminating Illiteracy

It is estimated that nowadays only a third of American eighth-graders can read proficiently and up to twenty percent of youths have some sort of reading disability. Moreover, students lacking in basic reading comprehension skills often struggle in other academic

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Statins have once again hit the news

Last year, statins made headlines when they appeared on Forbes magazine’s list of “America’s 20 Best Selling Drugs.” Pfizer’s Lipitor came in first place with a whopping $8.4 billion worth of sales, and Merck’s Zocor came in second with $4.4

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Small RNAs – the Hidden Gems in Junk DNA

Small RNAs – the Hidden Gems in Junk DNA

In the past decade, the unearthing of small RNAs led to an explosion in the fields of biomedical research and medicine, and was dubbed the “Breakthrough of the Year” by Science magazine.

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