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Single Animal to Human Transmission Event Responsible for 2014 Ebola Outbreak
NIH-funded scientist uses latest genomic technology to make discovery.
Watching Molecules ‘Dance’ in Real Time
Trapping light at the nanoscale enables real-time monitoring of individual molecules bending and flexing may aid in our understanding of how changes within a cell can lead to diseases such as cancer.
Repressing the Repressors May Drive Tissue-Specific Cancers
Stowers scientists establish Drosophila and mammalian models to study mutations found in pediatric brain tumors.
Genetic Basis for Rabbit Domestication Revealed
Research presents key findings in the DNA make-up of the common mammal’s brain and nervous system, which determines how wild rabbits were genetically transformed to domestic rabbits.
Fighting Prostate Cancer with a Tomato-Rich Diet
New research suggests that men who eat over 10 portions of tomatoes a week have an 18% lower risk of developing prostate cancer.
Scientists Looking Across Human, Fly and Worm Genomes Find Shared Biology
Studies reveal powerful commonalities in biological activity and regulation among species.
Genetics Used to Improve Plants for Bioenergy
An upcoming genetics investigation into the symbiotic association between soil fungi and feedstock plants for bioenergy production could lead to more efficient uptake of nutrients, which would help limit the need for expensive and polluting fertilizers.
NIH to Launch Human Safety Study of Ebola Vaccine Candidate
Trial is First in Series of Accelerated Safety Studies of Ebola Vaccines.
Gut Bacteria that Protect Against Food Allergies Identified
Common gut bacteria prevent sensitization to allergens in a mouse model for peanut allergy, paving the way for probiotic therapies to treat food allergies.
Detecting and Identifying Candida Species in Blood Samples of Critically Ill Paediatric Patients
The study aimed to develop a multiplex nested PCR method to detect and identify seven Candida species in peripheral blood samples of critically ill paediatric patients.
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Microfluidics for Engineering 3D Tissues and Cellular Microenvironments
Brian Gillette, Columbia University, speaking at Lab-on-a-Chip World Congress 2012
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Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Global Study Discovers Flurry of New Alzheimer’s Genes
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Friday, May 17, 2013
High Level of Antibodies Linked to Cognitive Decline
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Thursday, March 28, 2013
Improper Protein Digestion in Neurons Identified as a Cause of Familial Parkinson’s
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Friday, March 08, 2013
Study Shows Why Leukemia Returns in Some Children
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Thursday, February 28, 2013
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Friday, February 22, 2013
Lab-on-a-Chip Speeds up HIV Testing
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Friday, January 25, 2013
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Friday, December 21, 2012
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Thursday, December 06, 2012
Columbia Awarded One of First NCI “Provocative Questions” Grants
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