January 2015:3

New analysis explains collagen’s force
“Experiments and simulations show that adding or removing water makes the material push and pull”
David L. Chandler, MIT News Office — January 22, 2015

Ribose-seq identifies and locates ribonucleotides in genomic DNA
New ribose-seq technique allows access to the full profile of ribonucleotides embedded in genomic DNA
Georgia Tech News Center, Health and Medicine — January 26, 2015

Telomere extension turns back aging clock in cultured human cells, study finds
“Researchers delivered a modified RNA that encodes a telomere-extending protein to cultured human cells”
Krista Conger, Stanford Medicine News Center — January 22, 2015

cell mechanics: transcription and replication

Genetic switch regulates transcription and replication in human mitochondria
Heather Zeiger, Phys.org, Cell & Microbiology — February 2, 2015

In a role reversal, RNAs proofread themselves
“Molecular photographs of an enzyme bound to RNA reveal a new, inherent quality control mechanism”
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory — January 29, 2015

Variety show
“New techniques reveal ‘extreme’ gene copy range”
Stephanie Dutchen, Harvard Medical News — January 29, 2015

mathematics 

The Pursuit of Beauty
“Yitang Zhang solves a pure-math mystery”
Alec Wilkinson, New Yorker — February 2, 2015

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January 2015:2

Ancient Viruses Gain New Functions in the Brain
“Once thought to be little more than genetic junk, retroviruses lurking within host genomes have acquired new roles that may be involved in brain development, a recent study suggests”
Andrea Alfano, Scientific American news — January 19, 2015

Going viral: Targeting brain cancer cells with a wound-healing drug
“Scientists awarded grant to design a virus capable of converting a wound-healing drug into a treatment for brain tumors”
Ashley WennersHerron, Virginia Tech Carilion Institute — December 12, 2014

MIT team enlarges brain samples, making them easier to image
“New technique enables nanoscale-resolution microscopy of large biological specimens”
Anne Trafton, MIT News Office — January 15, 2015

New ‘microcapsules’ have potential to repair damage caused by osteoarthritis
“A new ‘microcapsule’ treatment delivery method developed by researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) could reduce inflammation in cartilage affected by osteoarthritis and reverse damage to tissue”
News Office, Queen Mary University of London — January 21, 2015

Researchers target the cell’s ‘biological clock’ in promising new therapy to kill cancer cells, shrink tumor growth
University of Texas Southwestern Newsroom — January 1, 2015

The brain’s electrical alphabet: Timing, rate underlie neural information, study shows
 Sissa Medialab via Science Daily — January 23, 2015

obesity

“Imaginary meal” tricks the body into losing weight
“Salk scientists made a more effective diet pill”
Salk Institute, January 2015

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January 2015:1

Bacteria programmed to churn out valuable chemicals
Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard — Dec 23, 2014

Defying Textbook Science, Study Finds New Role for Proteins
Julie Kiefer, Communications Specialist, University of Utah Health Care — January 1, 2015

New cell marking technique to help understand how our brain works
University of Southampton, News Release — December 22, 2014

Proteins drive cancer cells to change states
When RNA-binding proteins are turned on, cancer cells get locked in a proliferative state.
Anne Trafton, MIT News Office — December 15, 2014

Scientists map human loop-ome, revealing new form of genetic regulation
Glenna Picton, Baylor College of Medicine News — December 11, 2015

Study Sheds Light on What Causes Cells to Divide
Kim McDonald, UC San Diego News Center — December 24, 2014

sleep research

Light-Emitting E-Readers Before Bedtime Can Adversely Impact Sleep
Brigham & Women’s Hospital Press Release — December 22, 2014

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December 2014: 3

Lens-free microscope can detect cancer at the cellular level
“UCLA researchers develop device that can do the work of pathology lab microscopes”
Bill Kisliuk, UCLA News — December 17, 2014

Mysteries of ‘molecular machines’ revealed
“Scientists are making it easier for pharmaceutical companies and researchers to see the detailed inner workings of molecular machines”
Los Alamos National Laboratory news — December 22, 2014

New class of synthetic molecules mimics antibodies
Jim Shelton, Yale University News Office — December 17, 2014

New way to turn genes on
“Technique allows rapid, large-scale studies of gene function”
Anne Trafton, MIT News Office — December 10, 2014

Predicting antibiotic resistance
RIKEN, press release, Japan — December 17, 2014

optics

Trapping light with a twister
“New understanding of how to halt photons could lead to miniature particle accelerators, improved data transmission”
David L. Chandler, MIT News Office — December 22, 2014

chemistry

SFU scientists help put bedbugs to bed forever
Simon Fraser University news — December 22, 2014

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December 2014: 2

Baby cells learn to communicate using the lsd1 gene
Carnegie Science — December 15, 2014

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Resistance and Futility
“Scientists reveal how penicillin deals bacteria a devastating blow – work that may lead to new antibiotics”
Elizabeth Cooney, Harvard Medicine News — December 4, 2014
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Scientists Capture Picture of MicroRNA In Action
“The great therapeutic potential of drugs that mimic or inhibit microRNAs to control key processes in cells is at this point completely untapped.”
The Scripps Research Institute News and Views — November 10, 2014
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Secrets of Sleep
“System reveals how our brains and bodies change as we fall asleep”
Sue McGreevey, Harvard Medicine News — November 21, 2014
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DNA’s wild west: Bounty hunters and outlaws vie for control of your genes
Leah Burrows, Brandeis University Science & Research blog — November 17, 2014

Physics

The ever-smaller future of physics
Steven Weinberg on the future likelihood of finding a Theory of everything at a scale “around a million billionths — between 10­-17 and 10-19 — of the radius of the typical atomic nucleus”
Alvin Powell, Harvard Staff Writer, Harvard Gazette — December 5, 2014

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December 2014: 1

Cell’s skeleton is never still
News Releases, Rice University — November 24, 2014

Computer model sets new precedent in drug discovery
Kat J. McAlpine, Press contact, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard University — November 18, 2014
**Watch the simulation in full screen mode **

Decoding the emergence of metastatic cancer stem cells
“…research reveals a common pattern in the decision-making that allows cancer cells to both migrate and form new tumors.”
Jade Boyd, Office of Public Affairs, Rice University — October 31, 2014

For Important Tumor-Suppressing Protein, Context is Key
“Berkeley Lab scientists learn new insights into how p53 binds to the human genome”
Dan Krotz, News Center, Berkeley Lab — November 21, 2014

Screening Out Resistance
“Direct drug testing of tumor biopsies could lead to individualized cancer treatment”
Sue McGreevey, Harvard Medical News —  November 13, 2014

Tiny carbon nanotube pores make big impact
Anne M. Stark, Science news, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory — October 30, 2014

Toward genetic editing
“Scientists develop system that could treat a host of conditions”
Peter Reuell, Staff writer, Harvard Gazette — November 3, 2014

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November 2014: 2

Adenosine can melt “love handles”
“Researchers at the University of Bonn discover a new signaling pathway to combat excess body weight”
Prof. Dr. Alexander Pfeifer, Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University Hospital Bonn — October 16, 2014

Antibacterial Ally
“Carbon monoxide helps immune cells battle bacterial infections”
Bonnie Prescott, Harvard Medical News — November 13, 2014

Cause of Aging Remains Elusive
“Study headed by the University of Bonn: the role of free radicals remains unresolved”
Dr. Markus Schwarzländer, Institute of Crop Science and Resource Conservation, University of Bonn — October 23, 2014

Marching to Our Own Sequences
Study finds DNA replication timing varies among people
Stephanie Dutchen, Harvard Medical News — November 13, 2014

Stem Cells for Seizures
“Scientists explore transplanting neurons to treat epilepsy”
Adriana Bobinchock, Harvard Medical News — November 7, 2014

Cell signaling

Internal Dialogues
“If we take the time to listen, our bodies’ cells have quite a bit to say”
Stephanie Dutchen, Harvard Medical News — September 2014

Cosmology

Pulling together the early solar system
“New study finds that a strong magnetic field whipped the early solar system into shape”
Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office — November 13, 2014

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