Researchers at Rockefeller University have determined that the Abdominal-B (Abd-B) gene, previously known as the gene that sculpts the posterior parts of the developing fly, is also important for a complex courtship behavior, at least in the case of female flies. More »
By confining colonies of human embryonic stem cells to tiny circular patterns on glass plates, researchers have for the first time coaxed them into organizing themselves just as they would under natural conditions. More »
The brains of Alzheimer’s mice treated with the compound RU-505 showed less inflammation and better blood flow than those of untreated mice. The treated mice also performed better on memory tests. More »
Pieces of DNA, including viruses, found outside a microbe’s chromosomes may play a role in disease, but are nearly impossible to identify and sequence using conventional techniques. Researchers at Rockefeller have developed a solution. More »
Casanova is honored for his work on host genes and their products in infectious diseases. His lab is interested in why some children develop severe infectious diseases after coming into contact with certain pathogens, while most other children do not. More »
Rockefeller University researchers announce that they have coaxed a slightly modified form of the HIV-1 virus to not only infect pigtailed macaques but to cause full blown AIDS in the primates, an accomplishment that could accelerate the search for new AIDS treatments or vaccines. More »
Jue Chen, currently a tenured professor of biology at Purdue University in Indiana and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, studies transporter proteins that act as the cell’s pumping machinery, and their role in health and disease. More »
The Rockefeller University awarded doctoral degrees to 24 students at its convocation ceremony today. Additionally, the university awarded three honorary degrees, to John Gurdon, Julian Robertson and Sinya Yamanaka. Each doctoral candidate was presented for the degree by his or her mentor, a tradition dating back to the university’s first commencement ceremony in 1959.
Research shows that recovery from deep anesthesia is not a smooth, linear process but is instead a dynamic journey with specific states of activity the brain must temporarily occupy on the way to full recovery. More »
Schramek, one of just two individuals receiving the annual award, is being recognized for his proposal of a project that used sequence-based personalized medicine to treat the most devastating features of cancer. The award comes with a $50,000 prize and a $5,000 donation to support seminars at Rockefeller. More »
New structural images help explain how young neurons make the right connections, showing how a signal, Netrin-1, interacts with specific receptors that tell neurons in which direction to reach.
A new technique allows researchers to examine gene expression in neurons that send messages to a synapse. A test run examined dopamine neurons that project to the brain region known as the nucleus accumbens.
Soil microbes are believed to make a wealth of as-yet undiscovered molecules, including antibiotics. But getting at them isn’t easy. To make these potentially helpful bugs easier to find, researchers want to create maps, and they need help.
The Rockefeller University has the highest percentage of frequently cited scientific publications of 750 top universities worldwide, according to ranking created by the Center for Science and Technology Studies of Leiden University in The Netherlands. More »
The building, first envisioned over two years ago and known as the River Building, will house bioscience laboratories, and will serve as a replacement for existing lab facilities that are reaching the end of their operational life and are no longer suitable for modern science. More »
Award winners from the three institutions have joined together, designating a portion of their prize proceeds to create the Tri-Institutional Breakout Awards for Junior Investigators, postdoctoral awards that will recognize promise among scientist trainees. More »
During an infection, the immune system selects B cells that produce antibodies with a high affinity for the pathogen. New research helps explain the details of how these cells are selected and amplified. More »
Darnell, who focuses on understanding a group of rare brain diseases, the paraneoplastic neurologic disorders (PNDs), and how they arise in conjunction with immune responses to cancer, is one of 84 newly elected members announced today by the Academy.
Researchers have found that the fastener proteins that organize cell division can harness the movement around them to do their work. Movement of filaments within the structure responsible for cell division can cause some of these proteins to shuffle along the path of least resistance and into position. More »