Category Archives: In the News

In the News – Wall Street Journal – Brady

New York City Dirt Rich in Bacteria Related to Medical Treatments   “Traditionally, researchers seeking new clinical compounds treated cities as a barren asphalt jungle, lacking the natural diversity of micro-organisms found in unspoiled regions. Using New York as a … More »

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In the News – The Atlantic – Vosshall

Scientists Stink at Reverse-Engineering Smells   “Through a crowdsourced competition, Andreas Keller and Leslie Vosshall at Rockefeller University and Pablo Meyer at IBM have developed algorithms that can reverse-engineer the smell of a molecule—to predict what it smells like from … More »

In the News – Radiolab – Brivanlou

The Primitive Streak   “Last May, two research groups [one of which was the Brivanlou lab] announced a breakthrough: they each grew human embryos, in the lab, longer than ever before. In doing so, they witnessed a period of human … More »

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In the News – New York Times – Rice

Lasker Awards Given for Work in Physiology, Virology and Science Education   “At the time, researchers thought the work might be as simple as inserting that newly sequenced RNA into cultured cells and watching it replicate. But in experiment after … More »

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In the News – Wall Street Journal – Gleeson

Study Suggests Zika May Damage Adult Brains   “The findings clearly suggest that Zika may not be as benign an infection for adults—or even children—as currently thought, particularly for those with weakened immune systems, they said. Damage to these cells … More »

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In the News – Science Line – Stoeckle

Fishing for DNA   “Stoeckle, a molecular biologist at Rockefeller University, is experimenting with a relatively new technique for understanding what lives in or near a particular body of water. It’s the equivalent of scat sampling and other methods that … More »

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In the News – Los Angeles Times – Vaziri

The human eye can detect a single photon, study finds   “‘It’s not like a dim flash of light or anything like that,’ said Alipasha Vaziri, a quantum physicist at Rockefeller University in New York City and the senior author … More »

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In the News – Fox News – Flajolet

Scientists hope new imaging technology could point to cause of Alzheimer’s “‘When new technologies were coming around we decided it was a good time to try,’ Flajolet told Under the guidance of Greengard, Flajolet worked closely with Dr. Thomas … More »

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In the News – Los Angeles Times – Nussenzweig

New therapy keeps HIV at bay without daily drug regimen, study says   “Using antibodies against HIV could be part of a ‘kick and kill’ strategy, said study co-author Dr. Michel Nussenzweig — to kick the virus out of its … More »

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In the News – New York Times – River Campus

Rockefeller University Starts Its Expansion Over a Busy Highway   “Crammed hard against the Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive from 62nd Street to 68th Street on the Upper East Side, the university had limited space for new construction and no real … More »

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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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