Category: Science Magazine

The drug push

May 21st, 2015 in 2015, Kevin Outterson, Newsmakers, School of Law, Science Magazine 0 comments

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Kevin Outterson, School of Law

This past January, microbiologists Kim Lewis and Slava Epstein reported the discovery of teixobactin, a compound that in lab dishes kills several antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. Media outlets heralded the discovery, announced in Nature, as a new solution to the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance…

Expert quote:

“For years, we’ve been starving the whole bacteria side of R&D. As a result, lots of ideas, both good and bad, just don’t get followed up.”

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Feature: How tiny satellites spawned in Silicon Valley will monitor a changing Earth

April 13th, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Curtis Woodcock, Newsmakers, Science Magazine 0 comments

Curtis Woodcock, College of Arts & Sciences

Vats of homebrewed porter and brown ale ferment under a lunchroom table…

Expert quote:

“It’s becoming more volatile and has shifted earlier in many places as a result of changing climate.”

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DNA tape recorder stores a cell’s memories

November 13th, 2014 in 2014, Ahmad Khalil, College of Engineering, Newsmakers, Science Magazine 0 comments

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Ahmad Khalil, College of Engineering

If cells could talk, they’d have quite a story to tell: Their life history would include what molecules they’d seen passing by, which signals they’d sent to neighbors, and how they’d grown and changed…

Expert quote:

“They’ve done a really exceptional job turning DNA into readable, writable memory inside living cells. I think it’s a very cool new direction for synthetic biology to take.”

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Updated: U.S. halts funding for new risky virus studies, calls for voluntary moratorium

October 18th, 2014 in 2014, NEIDL, Newsmakers, Paul Duprex, School of Medicine, Science Magazine 0 comments

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Paul Duprex, School of Medicine, NEIDL

The White House today stepped into an ongoing debate about controversial virus experiments with a startling announcement: It is halting all federal funding for so-called gain-of-function (GOF) studies that alter a pathogen to make it more transmissible or deadly so that experts can work out a U.S. government-wide policy for weighing the risks…

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Baby corals and fish smell their way to the best home

August 21st, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Jelle Atema, Newsmakers, Science Magazine 0 comments

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Jelle Atema, College of Arts & Sciences

You know the story: Kids leave home to explore the world, eventually settling down in the greenest pastures they can find. But when these restless youngsters are baby fish and coral larvae, how do they choose the best place to make their new home?…

Expert quote:

“These are fantastic results.”

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A New Breed of Cancer Researcher

March 27th, 2014 in 2014, College of Engineering, Newsmakers, Science Magazine 0 comments

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Bennett Goldberg, College of Engineering

As our understanding of cancer has gone from simplistic to complex, so too has research on treatment and detection. In a field once dominated by scientists with biomedical backgrounds, cancer research today includes engineers, chemists, and physicists…

Expert quote:

“There’s a strong perceived need among cancer research funding bodies that new modes of education and skill sets are necessary. There’s been a huge push over the past five years to apply more physical science and engineering to biomedicine in general.”

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An Emergency Hatch for Baby Lizards

April 5th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Karen Warkentin, Newsmakers, Science Magazine 0 comments

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Karen Warkentin, College of Arts & Sciences

Talk about hatching an escape plan…

Expert quote:

“This is not just happening in delicate skinks—I’m thinking that environmentally cued hatching is very widespread, in many groups. But exactly how embryos make the decision to stay put or bail out is something we’re still trying to understand.”

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Human Evolution: Gain Came With Pain

February 18th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Jeremy DeSilva, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, Science Magazine 0 comments

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Jeremy DeSilva, College of Arts & Sciences

Humans are the most successful primates on the planet, but our bodies wouldn’t win many awards for good design…

Expert quote:

“This anatomy isn’t what you’d design from scratch. Evolution works with duct tape and paper clips.”

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