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Riboswitches: A Molecular Archeological Discovery

Riboswitches: A Molecular Archeological Discovery

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.

Dreaming of Dark Matter

Dreaming of Dark Matter

Dark matter, an important component of most cosmological theories, is being investigated by several new experiments, including the Free Electron Laser, the ATLAS experiment at the LHC, and Project LUX.

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

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 the natural organ’s function of keeping blood sugar levels in a safe range.