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Heavy rainfall from Hurricane Ida tests flood control measures installed in 2012

The September storm brought record rainfall which quickly overwhelmed drainage systems on campus and throughout the city. But the event did not cause widespread damage on campus thanks to improvements made nine years ago.

This fly likes its fruit fresh 

Farmers have a new enemy, a species of fruit fly that lays eggs in ripe produce. To help curtail the problem, scientists are getting to the bottom of how this trait arose in the course of evolution.

Three Rockefeller researchers are elected to the National Academy of Medicine

Mary E. Hatten, Charles M. Rice, and Leslie B. Vosshall are three of 100 new members elected to the academy today.

Noninfectious versions of SARS-CoV-2 provide powerful research tools

The new experimental system will facilitate efforts to study different coronavirus variants and develop new drugs for COVID. 

A mission to end metastasis 

Not all cancer cells are killers. One lab is focusing its energy on only those that enable tumors to spread—and it may have found their kryptonite.

Small molecule may prevent metastasis in colorectal cancer

The compound works by hindering a key pathway that cancer cells rely upon to hoard energy, and is already undergoing clinical trials.


Study detects origins of Huntington's disease in two-week-old human embryos

The findings shed new light on the root causes of this disease, which leads to the degeneration of neurons in midlife.

Seth A. Darst honored with Gregori Aminoff Prize

Darst receives the honor for pioneering research on RNA polymerase, the molecular machine that transcribes RNA from DNA. His work is leading to new knowledge about the transcription process, as well as to insights enabling development of urgent antibiotic and antiviral treatments.

Katalin Karikó named the 2022 recipient of the Pearl Meister Greengard Prize

Katalin Karikó discovered how to keep synthetic RNA from activating the innate immune system, paving the way for RNA vaccines including two for SARS-CoV-2.

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Novel method for trapping HIV inside its host may give rise to new antivirals

Human cells can be coaxed into preventing certain enveloped viruses (including HIV, Ebola, and parainfluenza) from escaping their membranes in the lab, a finding that could lead to novel treatments for many viral diseases.

Recent Awards and Honors

Charles M. Rice

Charles M. Rice is elected to the National Academy of Inventors

December 7, 2021

Rice receives the honor for pioneering novel methods for growing and studying hepatitis C virus.

Kivanç Birsoy receives ASCB Innovation in Research Award

November 30, 2021

Birsoy is recognized for examining how human cells alter their uptake and use of nutrients to adapt to stress.

More awards and honors

Rockefeller in the News

NPR

The vaccines will likely be less effective against this variant, he predicts. But Paul Bieniasz's research so far also suggests that people can boost their protection — against any variant — by having three exposures to the virus. So that means either three doses of the vaccine or two doses after a natural infection.

CNN

Rockefeller's Elizabeth Campbell explains that Merck's antiviral drug works by wreaking havoc with the way the Covid-19 virus makes copies of itself. She cautions that the potential off-target effects will require further investigation.

The Scientist

In mice, a kind of immune memory appears to protect the cells against future harm, a finding from Daniel Mucida that could provide insight into treatments for irritable bowel syndrome and other inflammatory digestive conditions.

Seek magazine

Rockefeller’s flagship publication is interested not just in scientific results, but in the people, ideas, and conversations that ignite discovery. The latest issue takes a look at how the brain’s internal states drive its remarkable ability to reach different conclusion based on the same information. Also: The latest from Rockefeller’s COVID labs, and much more.


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