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June 14, 2023
World’s first transgenic ants reveal how colonies respond to an alarm
The findings raise tantalizing possibilities for revealing what hundreds of ant odorant receptors are up to.
June 13, 2023
New algorithm cleans microbiome data with unprecedented efficiency
The algorithm, dubbed SCRuB, can distinguish native bacteria and viruses from contaminants—a powerful tool for researchers working with the microbiome.
June 1, 2023
36 students receive Ph.D.s at Rockefeller’s 65th convocation
With this week’s ceremony, Rockefeller has granted Ph.D.s in bioscience to 1,431 students. In addition, Ingrid Daubechies, Marc W. Kirschner, and Evelyn G. Lipper received honorary doctor of science degrees.
May 31, 2023
Studying the cleanup crew of the genome to illuminate a rare disease
Agata Smogorzewska investigates the handful of DNA repair mechanisms that attempt to correct problems, errors, and breakdowns.
May 30, 2023
Lab-grown mini lungs could accelerate the study of respiratory diseases
The labs of Ali Brivanlou and Charles M. Rice collaborated to refine a cell culture technology platform that grows genetically identical lung buds from human embryonic stem cells.
May 23, 2023
A new approach to Alzheimer’s is unfolding
Despite decades of scientific struggle, progress been excruciatingly slow. But the tide is turning.
May 11, 2023
The shape of things to come
Thanks to cryo-em, the breakthroughs are coming faster than ever for Jue Chen. She explains the exciting applications for medicine and science.
May 10, 2023
The clearest snapshot of human genomic diversity ever taken
The human reference genome has always been a remarkable but flawed tool. A new "pangenome" aims to correct its oversights and omissions.
May 1, 2023
Behind the formation and protection of microtubules
Research shed light on the process by which the γ-Tubulin Ring Complex stabilizes microtubules, which may inform the study of developmental diseases and cancers.
April 25, 2023
Solving the mystery behind how nutrients enter cells
A new paper describes how choline is transported into the cell, with potentially sweeping implications for the study of rare diseases.
April 25, 2023
Maybe the virus isn't the problem
Why do some with COVID end up on ventilators while others get a scratchy throat—and yet others seem to have dodged the virus entirely? Answers are emerging from scientists around the globe.
April 24, 2023
Researchers reveal an ancient mechanism for wound repair
The study is the first to identify a damage response pathway that is distinct from but parallel to the classical pathway triggered by pathogens.
April 17, 2023
Gum disease may lie at the root of some arthritis flare-ups
Damaged gums may release bacteria into the bloodstream that trigger arthritis flare-ups, potentially explaining why people with gum disease don't respond as well to arthritis treatments.
April 14, 2023
How to end a pandemic in one jab
Universal vaccines can give years of protection against polio, measles, and smallpox, among other diseases. Pamela Bjorkman believes HIV, influenza, and COVID are next.
April 13, 2023
New tool to study hepatitis B could open the door to a cure
Just as the Rice lab’s work on HCV exposed that virus’s weaknesses, the hope is that this novel approach could do the same for HBV.
April 10, 2023
Seeking the origin story of de novo genes
Li Zhao studies the intriguing genes that emerge from previously silent or non-coding stretches of DNA.
March 30, 2023
Scientists discover brain region linking short-term to long-term memory
The anterior thalamus plays such a key role in memory that boosting it in mice consolidates the animals' trivial experiences into long-term memories.
March 28, 2023
What you get is not just what you see
Scientists have built a novel AI system that rewrites the rules for computer vision. It might soon turn neuroscience on its head.
March 22, 2023
New technique captures unprecedented view of the active brain
The tech, dubbed MesoLF, captures 10,500 neurons buried at once-inaccessible depths, firing from brain regions many millimeters apart, simultaneously—all with unprecedented resolution.
March 16, 2023
Pioneering forestry researcher Suzanne Simard to receive the 2023 Lewis Thomas Prize
The author of Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest will be presented with Rockefeller’s prestigious science writing award on April 17.
March 14, 2023
Innovative approach opens the door to COVID nanobody therapies
The relatively simple and low-cost procedure could empower laboratories in low-resource areas to generate nanobodies against SARS-CoV-2, as well as other viruses.
March 2, 2023
Illuminating the evolution of social parasite ants
The findings offer a new way to understand how some ants become total layabouts.
February 17, 2023
Emil C. Gotschlich, creator of lifesaving vaccines, has died
A molecular chemist whose work has protected millions of people from bacterial meningitis, Gotschlich passed away on February 14. He was 88.
February 9, 2023
Homing in on the genetics of severe COVID in children
A trio of faulty genes fail to put the brakes on the immune system’s all-out assault on SARS-CoV-2, leading to the inflammatory overload characteristic of MIS-C.
February 2, 2023
The nutrient that cancer cells crave
Starving cancer cells of a key amino acid could potentially render tumors more vulnerable to the body’s natural immune response.
January 25, 2023
Awards and Honors
Elaine Fuchs awarded Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Science
Fuchs receives the honor for illuminating the genetics of skin diseases and the mechanisms that guide skin renewal, yielding insights into aging, inflammation, and cancer.
January 18, 2023
A unique window into "original antigenic sin"
The body's first blush with a pathogen shapes how it will respond to vaccines. New evidence clarifies how this phenomenon works, mechanistically.
January 17, 2023
How the body's B cell academy ensures a diverse immune response
A diverse immune response hinges on naive B cells mingling with high affinity ones in the late-stage germinal center. Whether that helps or hinders, however, depends on the virus.
January 14, 2023
Remembering a pioneer of chromatin biology
Charles David Allis, a molecular biologist who shaped the field of chromatin biology, died on January 8 at the age of 71.
January 12, 2023
Why older fathers pass on more genetic mutations to their offspring
It's not just the number of mutations that matters. It's the failure to fix them too.
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