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What Can Cheating Viruses Tell Us About Evolution?

Carol Hsin April 24, 2010 0

If we replayed the history of evolution on Earth – independent of its past – would we get exactly the same species? Paul Turner, Asso­ciate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, now seeks to

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Riboswitches: A Molecular Archeological Discovery

Riboswitches: A Molecular Archeological Discovery

Melissa Stone February 25, 2010 0

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 Ribosome is a Ribozyme: A Look Into the Work of Nobel Prize Winner Thomas Steitz

The Ribosome is a Ribozyme: A Look Into the Work of Nobel Prize Winner Thomas Steitz

Phong Lee February 25, 2010 1

Professor Thomas Steitz shared the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for “studies of the structure and function of the ribosome.” By using familiar X-ray crystallography techniques in a novel fashion, Steitz was able build

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An Artificial Approach to a Very Real Problem: Creating a Pancreas to Treat Type I Diabetes

An Artificial Approach to a Very Real Problem: Creating a Pancreas to Treat Type I Diabetes

Nimit Jain February 25, 2010 0

The insulin pump, developed at Yale in the 1970s, revolutionized the management of Type 1 Diabetes, but manual pump adjustment can be inexact. Now, researchers are designing an artificial pancreas that aims to imitate

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Everyday Q&A: What causes rigor mortis?

Everyday Q&A: What causes rigor mortis?

Katherine Zhou February 25, 2010 1

Rigor mortis, the stiffening of a body several hours after death, arises from a combination of two of the oldest definitions of death – cessation of the heartbeat and cessation of breathing

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Prosopagnosia – Whose Face is It?

Prosopagnosia – Whose Face is It?

Ben Deen February 25, 2010 0

Prosopagnosia is a selective and often severe deficit in the ability to recognize others’ faces. People suffering from the disorder are often unable to recognize their friends and family members by face alone

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The Rice Atlas

The Rice Atlas

Regina Luna February 25, 2010 0

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

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Immunological Studies by HHMI Early Career Scientist

Phong Lee February 25, 2010 0

Associate Professor of Immunobiology Susan Kaech, an expert on T cell differentiation, is now a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Early Career Scientist

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Studying Mood Disorders With MRI Brain Analyses

Studying Mood Disorders With MRI Brain Analyses

Kristen Johnson February 25, 2010 0

Dr. Hilary Blumberg has used MRI to investigated the effect of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (bDNF) and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) on brain structure and development

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New Methods to Detect Pigment Preservation in Fossil Feathers

Adrian LeCesne February 25, 2010 0

Thanks to preserved evidence of melanin in a fossil feather from Brazil, paleontologists at the Peabody Museum have come one step closer to reconstructing a visual representation of early birds and dinosaurs

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