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Posts From Sarah Ludwin-Peery

Gender Bender: Genetically Modifying Mosquito Sex

Gender Bender: Genetically Modifying Mosquito Sex

For many years, gene editing has been hailed as the future of medicine. As the genetic basis of disease becomes clearer, researchers continue to discover more ways to alter the genome and prevent or cure diseases. Recently, a new gene

Returning to Darwin’s Finches: A genetic explanation for his observations of bird beaks

Returning to Darwin’s Finches: A genetic explanation for his observations of bird beaks

Genomic analysis of finch species from the Galapagos archipelago and Cocos islands reveals a genetic basis for the beak diversity studied by the father of evolution.

Science on Saturdays: Art, Forensics, and Exploration

Science on Saturdays: Art, Forensics, and Exploration

A look at the past and future of Science on Saturdays, one of Yale Scientific Magazine’s most popular outreach events.

One Sweet Gene: Exploiting Genes to Keep Us Lean

One Sweet Gene: Exploiting Genes to Keep Us Lean

Recent research on the worm C. elegans reveals a connection between the gene SKN-1, proline, and fat accumulation. In the future, miracle drugs may target these genes to prevent weight gain, even in the condition of a high-sugar diet.

The Role of Leptin in Childhood and Adolescent Obesity

The Role of Leptin in Childhood and Adolescent Obesity

Recent research led by Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobiology Rajita Sinha has reinforced the connection between an altered response to leptin (a metabolically important hormone) and changes in brain activity that lead to childhood and adolescent obesity.