Category Archives: In the News

In the News – The Atlantic – Leslie Vosshall

Using CRISPR to Learn How a Body Builds Itself   “They call the technique ‘genome editing of synthetic target arrays for lineage tracing’ or GESTALT for short. ‘It’s a great starting point for understanding how a single cell gives rise … More »

In the News – Wall Street Journal – Brivanlou

Scientists Grow Embryos for Up to 13 Days Outside the Uterus   “In addition, to both teams’ surprise, the embryos outside the womb were able to ‘self-organize’ or begin to set in motion early development of key body organs without … More »

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In the News – Stat – Tessier-Lavigne

Scientists solve CRISPR’s ‘Energizer Bunny’ problem   “‘It works beautifully,’ Tessier-Lavigne said. With standard CRISPR-Cas9, 6 percent to 35 percent of the edits were clean, without random insertions and deletions due to Cas9’s repeated cuts, but with their upgrade, the … More »

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In the News – The New Yorker – Allis

Same but Different: How epigenetics can blur the line between nature and nurture   “Allis walked me to his lab, a fluorescent-lit space overlooking the East River, divided by wide, polished-stone benches. A mechanical stirrer, whirring in a corner, clinked … More »

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In the News – New York Times – Vosshall

Mapping a Genetic Strategy to Fight the Zika Virus   “Aware of the new technology, Dr. Vosshall floated the idea of a new Aedes map on Twitter: ‘The Aedes aegypti mosquito is infecting millions with #Zika and #Dengue,’ she wrote … More »

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In the News – PBS Newshour – Vosshall

Can mutant mosquitoes be used to fight Zika and dengue fever?  “‘Ultimately, how cool would it be to have a cream that you put on your arm that has a probiotic, right, that makes you demagnetized as a mosquito magnet?’ … More »

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In the News – Mental Floss – Brivanlou

What Iran May Be Able to Teach Us About Stem Cells   “Now, there are opportunities for collaborations with non-Iranian scientists—which has Ali Brivanlou, who leads the Stem Cell Biology and Molecular Embryology lab at The Rockefeller University, intrigued about … More »

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In the News – Huffington Post – Pfaff

Neuroscience Has An Important (But Complicated) Place In The Courtroom   “Rockefeller University neurobiologist Dr. Donald Pfaff explained one way that neuroscience evidence can be important in the courtroom — juries can consider testosterone levels, as high testosterone can cause … More »

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In the News – PBS Frontline – Kreek

The Options and Obstacles to Treating Heroin Addiction   “‘Methadone became stigmatized almost immediately,’ says Dr. Mary Jeanne Kreek of Rockefeller University. Kreek was part of the team that originally studied methadone as a potential treatment for opioid addiction in … More »

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In the News – New Scientist – Ausubel

Earth’s rarest minerals could hint at life on other planets   “Two-thirds of rare minerals arise as a consequence of biological processes, such as biomineralisation, the authors say. These minerals could shed light on the co-evolution of biology and geology. … More »

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Neuroscience of Early-Life Learning in C. elegans   ““[The] idea that the transient learning signal would later be dispensable at the time of memory goes back as far as Pavlov. We’re just developing the idea at a different level of … More »

In the News – Newsweek – Casanova

To fight superbugs, scientists are turning toward antibodies   “‘The bottom line is that the bacteria now develop resistance to anti-infectious agents faster than we can develop the anti-infectious agents,’ says Dr. Jean-Laurent Casanova, a professor at Rockefeller University who … More »

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In the News – The Scientist – Kronauer

Methylation’s Role in Eusocial Insect Behavior Questioned   “‘Discovering that there is no evidence to support methylation as a reason why two ants can behave so differently was, on the one hand, a little sobering,’ said study coauthor Daniel Kronauer … More »

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In the News – The Atlantic – Vosshall

The Quest to Make a Better Mosquito Repellent   “It’s not easy for a human to find a mosquito that doesn’t want to be found, but a mosquito can locate us quite easily. It’s a human-seeking machine, sculpted by evolution … More »

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In the News – CUNY TV – Tessier-Lavigne

Will We Find a Cure for Cancer and Alzheimer’s Anytime Soon?   “Science is on the march in the heart of New York City. With five Nobel Laureates on its faculty, Rockefeller University scientists are working to unlock the mysteries … More »

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In the News – Scientific American – Greengard turns 90

A Nobel Laureate Turning 90 Continues to Churn Out Ideas for New Drugs   “Paul Greengard has been busy. In August he co-authored a paper on molecules that appear to regulate genes that might protect against Parkinson’s. That same month … More »

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In the News – STAT – McEwen

There’s no such thing as a male or female brain, study finds   “These results add to a complex picture that you’d never guess from media accounts and pop psych books. After decades of research, ‘we’re still debating the question … More »

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In the News – The Lancet – Dubos

Antibiotic antagonist: the curious career of René Dubos   “Fortunately, Lederberg had been paying attention and in the late 1980s he used his position as head of the Rockefeller University to revive Dubos’s warnings about the mutability and adaptability of … More »

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In the News – Today – Flajolet

Alzheimer’s was ‘abstract’ until it affected my family   “November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, and the Fisher Center at Rockefeller University is on the frontlines of the battle against the disease. Howard Lutnick, who leads the board at the Fisher … More »

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In the News – Newsday – O’Donnell

Researchers at Brookhaven lab, Stony Brook and Rockefeller universities make new discoveries about double helix copying   “In Manhattan, Michael O’Donnell, who heads Rockefeller’s Laboratory of DNA Replication, said the finding will change how students understand DNA replication. ‘It’s a … More »

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