Emily Balskus has won the Alan T. Waterman Award, the National Science Foundation's most prestigious prize for scientists under 40 in the United States.
Aug. 5, 2020 • ~6 min
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Researchers discover mysterious bacteria that break it down in the gut.
June 24, 2020 • ~6 min
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Wei Hsi “Ariel” Yeh dedicated her research in chemistry to solving some of the vast genetic mysteries behind hearing loss.
June 5, 2020 • ~6 min
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Professor Emily Balskus and her team have identified an entirely new class of enzymes that degrade chemicals essential for neurological health, but also help digest foods like nuts, berries, and tea, releasing nutrients that may impact human health.
Feb. 18, 2020 • ~6 min
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Fewer off-target edits and greater targeting scope bring gene editing technology closer to treating human diseases.
Feb. 14, 2020 • ~7 min
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New technology helps dissect how the brain ignores or acts on information
Feb. 7, 2020 • ~5 min
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The evolution of the first building blocks on Earth may have been messier than previously thought, likening it to the mishmash creation of Frankenstein’s monster.
Jan. 28, 2020 • ~4 min
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Study published in Science shows that gut microbes can chew up medications, with serious side effects.
June 19, 2019 • ~9 min
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Assistant Professor Brian Liau of the Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department has answered the question of why some new drugs for acute myeloid leukemia don’t work by combining CRISPR gene editing with small-molecule inhibitor treatments in a technique he calls CRISPR-suppressor scanning.
May 6, 2019 • ~7 min
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In a paper published in PNAS, Jack W. Szostak, professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Harvard, along with graduate student Seohyun (Chris) Kim, suggest that RNA could have started with a different set of nucleotide bases. In place of guanine, RNA could have relied on a surrogate, inosine.
Dec. 10, 2018 • ~4 min
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