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Posts From Leslie Sim

Human Retinas Grown in the Lab

Human Retinas Grown in the Lab

The role of thyroid hormone and in cone cell development The sprawling red, orange, and yellow trees on Yale’s campus in the Fall are a treat to our visual senses, thanks to the photoreceptor cells in our eyes known as

Placenta-on-a-Chip

Placenta-on-a-Chip

Studying preterm birth and drug transfer during pregnancy Over one in ten babies are born prematurely, before they are 37 weeks old.  Although preterm birth may seem like a pretty common occurrence, its causes are in fact under-examined, and its

Immune to our Food

Immune to our Food

Fast Food, Slow Recovery Our country is plastered with weight-loss advertisements. For every McDonald’s commercial, there is another one for Lean Cuisine or Weight Watchers. In America, obesity and health have become national concerns, as over a third of the

Demystifying the Genes Behind Breast Cancer

Demystifying the Genes Behind Breast Cancer

It’s taken over two decades to fit together pieces of information about the BRCA genes behind breast and ovarian cancer. Researchers in the Sung Lab at Yale University, led by Patrick Sung and Weixing Zhao, have tackled the problem by developing a way to study proteins, which led to discovering the function of BRCA1 and its interaction with other genes in the role of tumor expression.

Decluttering our Landfills: Biodegradable Plastic in Production

Decluttering our Landfills: Biodegradable Plastic in Production

The more plastic we have, the bigger of an environmental problem we face. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Professor Yiqi Yang is discovering new polymers to create better biodegradable plastics.