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DNA Folding Choices Made in Stem Cells Determines How Genes are Expressed in the Brain [Whipple Lab]

A new study led by MCO graduate student Daniel Loftus of the Whipple Lab has found that differences in maternal and paternal genomes in embryonic stem cells shape…

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To Sting or Not to Sting: How Changes to an Ion Channel Shape Sea Anemone Stinging [Bellono Lab]

Sea anemones are known for stinging, but not all anemones sting alike. By comparing two related anemones, the Bellono Lab has identified a small change in how a…

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Raising a Translation Factor: A Novel Co-chaperone Family Guides eEF1A to Maturity [Denic Lab]

All cells contain a network of molecular chaperones that help other proteins (often called “clients”) fold into functional three-dimensional conformations. Decades of research on chaperones has led to…

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The Eyes Have It [Sanes Lab]

Vision begins in the retina, a part of the brain that lines the back of the eyeball. It contains complex neural circuits composed of numerous cell types that…

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Protein Called Spartin Helps Recycle Lipid Droplet Organelles (Chung Lab)

Nature Cell Biology  (PDF) has published a paper authored by MCB faculty Jeeyun Chung. The study outlines a role for the protein spartin in breaking down subcellular organelles…

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Multiple New X-ray Snapshots Reveal How Transition Metals Cross Cellular Membranes Through Nramp Transporters [Gaudet Lab]

Transition metals like iron and manganese play crucial roles in various metabolic processes like photosynthesis, oxygen transport, and energy production through the electron transport chain. Transport proteins residing…

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You Can’t Learn Too Much: How Brain Representations of Complex Odor Mixtures Evolve with Experience [Murthy Lab]

The piriform cortex in the mammalian brain is the largest cortical region that receives direct sensory input from the olfactory bulb as well as complex top-down inputs from…

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Sensory Receptor Evolution in Octopus and Squid [Bellono Lab]

Cephalopods like octopus and squid are well known for their repertoire of sophisticated behaviors governed by their elaborate nervous systems that are comparable in size to complex vertebrates,…

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How Simple Multicellularity Can Evolve into Regulated Reproduction [Murray Lab]

The development of multicellularity has been a remarkable turning point in Earth's biological history, enabling greater morphological diversity and the formation of new organizational structures. This transformation hinged…

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How Fish Learn to Ignore Inconsequential Events [Engert Lab]

As a graduate student in the Gabbiani lab at Baylor College of Medicine, I studied how locust brains processed sensory information about an approaching predator and gave rise…

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