Bacteria build walls to withstand antibiotics

Antibiotic resistant bacteria, which are proliferating in hospitals and causing major headaches for physicians, cheat death by finding ways to fortify their cell walls against the deadly drugs. Now, new research from the laboratory of Rockefeller’s Alexander Tomasz shows that one gene, called mecA, enables them to this. More »

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High blood pressure linked to gene regulation

Genes, as much as treadmills and salads, dictate blood pressure. But new research from Rockefeller University suggests that even the tiniest changes to our DNA can create a predisposition to hypertension. More »

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Jeffrey Friedman elected to Institute of Medicine

Rockefeller University’s Jeffrey M. Friedman, a molecular geneticist whose discovery of the hormone leptin and its role in regulating body weight has changed our understanding of the causes of human obesity, was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, it was announced today. More »

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Torsten Wiesel receives Rall Medal for human rights work

Rockefeller University President Emeritus Torsten Wiesel received the Institute of Medicine’s David Rall Medal, it was announced today. The medal is awarded annually to an IOM member who has demonstrated particularly distinguished leadership as chair of a study committee or other activity, showing commitment above and beyond the usual responsibilities of the position. More »

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Scientists warn nuclear catastrophe is ‘an imminent danger’

Rockefeller’s Joshua Lederberg joins former defense secretary William Perry to urge that more attention be given to the threat of a terrorist-sponsored nuclear attack. More »

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A single protein is crucial to memory formation, scientists show

New findings show that a single protein called Nova is responsible for regulating the quality of the information that is processed in the spaces between brain cells. More »

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Specialized ‘GPCR’ proteins are the key to protecting the fly brain

New research from Rockefeller University shows that a class of molecules called G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) is essential for healthy glial cells, brain cells which support, nourish and protect neurons. More »

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Rockefeller researchers receive $10 million grant to study how molecules interact within cells

The National Center for Research Resources at the National Institutes of Health announced this week that Rockefeller’s Michael P. Rout will be a recipient of a five-year, $10 million grant to study how molecules interact with one another within and between cells. More »

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Alternative to cloning technique does not yield pure clones, Rockefeller scientists report

According to new research from Rockefeller University’s Peter Mombaerts, creating mice by a two-step transfer of DNA does not reliably produce animals that are genetic duplicates of an original, and in some cases even creates “cloned” mice of the wrong sex. More »

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For sex to happen, the right receptors must align

By studying single neurons from the hypothalamus of the brain, Rockefeller scientists are beginning to show how the same hormone receptors can impact sexual behavior differently in male and female rats. The findings suggest that when it comes to controlling behavior, the brain’s genetic network can be extremely complicated. More »

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Symposium to honor Joshua Lederberg

Some of the world’s foremost scientists, statesmen and policymakers will gather at The Rockefeller University for “A Scientific Medley: Celebratory Symposium in Honor of Dr. Joshua Lederberg,” Monday, October 17, in honor of his 80th birthday. More »

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Titia de Lange receives NIH Pioneer Award

The National Insitutes of Health has selected Titia de Lange, who examines how cells respond to DNA damage, to receive up to $500,000 in direct costs per year for five years. The prestigious Pioneer Award, now in its second year, supports groundbreaking, high-risk research that, if successful, will have a significant impact. More »

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Scientists ID the genetic makeup of hair

Despite a $56 billion industry devoted to caring for and styling hair, we know surprisingly little about how it forms. A new paper from Elaine Fuchs’ laboratory at Rockefeller University begins to tease apart the genes, and the cells, that are important for its growth. More »

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Barbara O’Sullivan named hospital C.E.O.

Barbara O’Sullivan, who for the past three years has served as The Rockefeller University Hospital’s hospitalist – its chief medical doctor responsible for patient care – has been named C.E.O. of the hospital. More »

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Thomas Eisner to receive 2005 Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science

A world authority on animal behavior, ecology and evolution, Thomas Eisner, has been chosen to receive The Rockefeller University’s 2005 Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science. His prize lecture, “The Ruling Class: Tales of Insect Survival,” will be on Tuesday, October 11, and is open to the public. More »

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York Avenue at 68th Street is named Mary Woodard Lasker Way

The block of York Avenue at 68th Street on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, which is adjacent to Rockefeller University’s campus, has been named in honor of the late champion of biomedical research. More »

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Clearing jams in the copy machinery

Bacteria and humans use a number of tools to direct perhaps the most important function in cells — the accurate copying of DNA during cell division. Now, Rockefeller scientists show that one of these proteins, the beta sliding clamp, serves as a toolbelt, from which the correct proteins are retrieved to enable DNA replication in the face of DNA damage. More »

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Paul Nurse to receive Copley Medal

The Royal Society has chosen Rockefeller University President Paul Nurse to receive the prestigious Copley Medal, its premiere award, for outstanding achievements in research in any branch of science. More »

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Architect selected for north campus ‘bridging’ building

An architect has been selected to design new laboratory buildings for the north end of the Rockefeller University campus, including the renovation of two existing structures and the construction of a new “bridging” building to connect them. More »

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Humanity in transition

From a population perspective, the world is at a turning point. In the September issue of Scientific American, Rockefeller’s Joel Cohen describes how the population of the coming half century will be bigger, older, and more urban than ever before, and slower-growing than that of the previous 50 years. More »

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