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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

CMU Neuroscientists Lay Groundwork for Identifying the Algorithm Behind Information Processing in the Neocortex

Neuroscientists at Carnegie Mellon University have identified principles for information processing in the neocortex, an evolutionarily expanded area of the brain critical for cognition.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

New Names for Old Gene Transfers

Research by Dannie Durand and her students fills a gap in a widely-used framework for classifying the evolutionary relationships between genes, reported in the March 1, 2017, issue of Bioinformatics.
Friday, March 17, 2017

CRIME Pays... in Genome Science!

In a new research paper from the Mitchell lab, second-year PhD student Manning Huang presents a high-speed next-gen marker recycling approach called CRISPR-Cas9-Induced Marker Excision, or CRIME. The method relies upon the genome editing activity of the CRISPR-Cas9 nuclease, along with the cell's native genome repair pathways.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Tracing the Evolutionary History of Cancers

Russell Schwartz, Professor of Biological Sciences, with co-author Alejandro A. Schäffer, of the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), have recently published "The evolution of tumour phylogenetics: principles and practice1," a review of the use of phylogenetics (evolutionary tree inference) to study tumor development.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

New Insights into Molecular Mechanisms Ensuring Proper Assembly of Ribosomes

In the Woolford lab, recent alumna Salini Konikkat took on research aimed at understanding the mechanism of action of a ribosomal assembly factor, Erb1.
Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Expanding a Model Gene Regulatory Network

Recently, the Ettensohn lab published two papers that expand a model gene regulatory network (one that controls the formation of the skeleton in sea urchins) by identifying important new genes in this network.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Shedding Light on Genomic Dark Matter

New NIH R01 funding will support molecular and computational studies in the McManus lab to reveal the secrets of genomic dark matter.
Thursday, January 26, 2017

MCS Alumni Win Alumni Achievement Awards

The Carnegie Mellon University Alumni Association has named two Mellon College of Science alumni as recipients of 2017 Alumni Awards.
Thursday, January 26, 2017

New Fall Courses: Cancer, Stem Cells, Personal Genomics, Molecular Neuroscience, and Genome Editing

A look at the new courses designed to capture the cutting edge of biomedical science, including Cancer Biology, Genome Editing Biotechnology, Biochemistry of the Brain, and Modern Biology.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Katie Lagree and Surya Aggarwal Receive Stupakoff Scientific Achievement Award

Katie Lagree and Surya Aggarwal have been chosen as the recipients of the 2017 Stupakoff Scientific Achievement Award, an honor presented to CMU Biological Sciences Ph.D. students annually.
Friday, January 13, 2017

Carnegie Mellon University Hosts Newest Chapter of National Neuroscience Honor Society

Almost exactly on the 10th anniversary of the founding of Nu Rho Psi (ΝΡΨ), Carnegie Mellon was approved to shelter the “Theta in Pennsylvania” chapter, which is the newest of the 68 chapters at universities around the United States.
Thursday, January 12, 2017

Biological Sciences Student Katherine Huang Wins Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Award

Biological Sciences student Katherine Huang received first place in the college poetry category of Carnegie Mellon University’s 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Awards for her poem "Microdermabrasion."