For life to propagate, the instructions in our DNA must be copied and passed on to future generations. Focusing on the structure of the machinery that executes this process, scientists have revealed that the orientation of the proteins involved is different from what has previously been reported. More »
After contracting dengue fever once, certain people who encounter the virus again develop much more severe infections. New research identifies an immunological signature that could help identify and better treat these patients. More »
In response to an executive order on immigration issued by President Donald J. Trump Friday, Rockefeller University President Richard P. Lifton today released a statement condemning the policy and outlining the detrimental effects it will have on the development of science and technology in the U.S. More »
Researchers have shown that a shift in translation, the process by which cells produce proteins from RNA, may promote skin cancer. The discovery could potentially aid the development of new treatments.
Researchers have shown that a combination of three antibody drugs can completely suppress HIV in infected mice. The antibodies were isolated from a patient whose immune system mounted an unusually effective response against the virus. More »
Fuchs has received the 2017 McEwen Award for Innovation. The prize, given by the International Society for Stem Cell Research, recognizes outstanding contributions in the fields of stem cell research or regenerative medicine. Fuchs will receive a $100,000 award and present her research at the society’s annual meeting in June. More »
By determining the three-dimensional structures of these molecules down to the level of atoms, the researchers have unlocked key details as to how they function in the body. More »
Alushin, who recently joined Rockefeller as assistant professor, has been chosen by President Obama as a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. The prestigious award, given annually by the White House, recognizes scientists and engineers who show exceptional potential early on in their careers. More »
Some of the visual information our brains receive is potentially misleading. New research on fruit flies demonstrates how even a simple brain can filter out such misinformation, hinting at how our own brains might shape how we see the world—and how we react to it. More »
Researchers have identified a mutation that prompts bacterial cells to acquire genetic memories 100 times more frequently than they do naturally. This discovery provides a powerful research tool and could bring scientists one step closer to developing DNA-based data storage devices. More »
Tags: biotechnology, Cas9, CRISPR, I473F, immunology, Laboratory of Bacteriology, Luciano Marraffini, microbiology, Robert Heler, synthetic biology, Virology
Scientists have discovered the signaling pathways that help hair follicles and sweat glands form during development, and identified the mechanism that allows both of these features to coexist in human skin. The findings may improve the methods used to grow tissue used in grafting procedures.
Doctors have trouble diagnosing melanoma because benign moles look very similar to malignant growths. But in developing a new technology that automatically extracts quantitative data from images of melanomas, scientists hope to help doctors detect the disease earlier and avoid unnecessary biopsies. More »
A revolutionary system that allows researchers to study human embryo development in the lab was chosen by Science magazine readers as the scientific advancement of 2016 that has done the most to benefit humanity, answer long-standing questions, or pave the way for fruitful research.
Researchers have determined for the first time the complete structure of an ion channel known as BK, or “big potassium.” This molecular map offers new insights on how BK works and may aid in the development of treatments for diseases in which it malfunctions. More »
Researchers have created the most detailed images to date of a particle destined to become part of a ribosome. Their findings gave them a new view of how these essential nano-machines are put together. More »
In 1966, Rockefeller scientists published a landmark paper that would lead to the first medical treatment for heroin addiction. The drug has helped millions of heroin users around the world, yet its use in the United States remains controversial. More »
A map that shows the arrangement of atoms within the cystic fibrosis protein will help researchers better understand how specific mutations cause disease. Ultimately, this knowledge may reveal potential targets for new drugs. More »
The prize, given by Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, recognizes women with outstanding research accomplishments who have also made significant contributions to mentoring other women in science. Fuchs is being honored for her innovative use of reverse genetics to understand skin diseases and cancer stem cells. More »
Sifting soil from city parks, scientists have found microbial genes capable of making compounds whose potent effects can make them valuable tools in the fight against disease. Their research suggests that many more await discovery, even in a place as mundane as urban dirt. More »
Tags: antibiotics, chemical biology, drug discovery, drugs from dirt, medicines, microbiology, natural products, Sean Brady, Sean F. Brady, soil microbes, Zachary Charlop-Powers
High school students designed research projects to investigate the role that microscopic organisms play in cheeses and other foods. The program aims to let students experience the scientific method firsthand. More »