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The Twists And Turns Of Flowers

The Twists And Turns Of Flowers

A molecule in your jam plays a role in the twisting of flower petals. Yale Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Vivian Irish, studies how a genetic mutation causes epidermal cells and flower organs to twist.

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A Reason to Make Cancer Cells Nervous

A Reason to Make Cancer Cells Nervous

An altered form of CRISPR has allowed a Yale-led team of scientists to identify not just the genes linked to the deadly brain cancer glioblastoma, but the actual, specific combinations of genes that directly cause the cancer. They believe their approach can be applied to other cancers, thus enhancing the specificity and effectiveness of our treatments.

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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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Metabolic imaging of cancer: Soaring with BIRDS

Metabolic imaging of cancer: Soaring with BIRDS

Tumor imaging can help clinicians assess a patient’s response to cancer treatment. Yale Professor D.S. Fahmeed Hyder and his colleagues have developed a technique to more precisely image brain tumors by measuring extracellular pH.

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Oxytocin: Not just for women

Oxytocin: Not just for women

Discover how a previously considered maternal hormone, oxytocin, actually plays an important role in fathers as well.

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Sugar’s Saving Graces: Reducing the strain of an active lifestyle

Sugar’s Saving Graces: Reducing the strain of an active lifestyle

Researchers studying hawk moths discover the solution to a long-standing paradox in our understanding of metabolism. An ancient biological remnant of a different time may be responsible for protecting us against the more dangerous side-effects of the oxygen we need to survive.

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No Cell Left Behind: Mapping the Human Body

No Cell Left Behind: Mapping the Human Body

Researchers at the Weizmann Institute have drawn a cellular map of the liver, bringing us one step closer to knowing where each of our 37 trillion cells lies in our bodies.

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Hear and Now: Pioneering Research at the Yale Ear Lab

Hear and Now: Pioneering Research at the Yale Ear Lab

At the Yale Ear Lab, Dr. Alla Ivanova has not only discovered a link between damaged mitochondria and hearing loss, but also found a way to treat those mitochondria using antioxidants and prevent hearing loss.

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A “Beta” Way to Treat Type I Diabetes: A Sweet Discovery

A “Beta” Way to Treat Type I Diabetes: A Sweet Discovery

Diabetes is caused by the immune system’s attack on its own beta cells. Yale researchers have uncovered a population of beta cells resistant to these immune attacks, providing hope for those with Type I diabetes.

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If It’s Broke, Don’t Fix It: Curing Brain Cancer by Preventing DNA Repair

If It’s Broke, Don’t Fix It: Curing Brain Cancer by Preventing DNA Repair

Broken DNA can put us on the path towards fixing cancer. Research by Peter Glazer and Ranjit Bindra of the Yale Cancer Center suggests that carcinogenic mutations most current therapies aim to repair can instead serve as selecting agents for better drug targeting with DNA repair inhibitors.

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