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2012-09-10 14:24:17

$100,000 prize honors female scientists who have made extraordinary contributions to biomedical science NEW YORK, Sept. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Joan A. Steitz, Ph.D., a pioneer in the field of RNA biology whose discoveries involved patients with a variety of autoimmune diseases, will be awarded the 2012 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize from The Rockefeller University. The prize, which honors female scientists who have made extraordinary contributions to biomedical science and...

A Different Tale Of Snake Evolution
2012-07-27 05:24:35

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online New analysis of what is being called one of the most primitive snake fossils ever discovered suggests that the reptilian creatures may have developed their unique look on land, not in water. Nicholas Longrich of Yale University and his colleagues studied recently discovered fossils of the Coniophis precedens, an ancient protosnake that lived alongside dinosaurs some 65 to 70 million years ago, according to BBC News reports....

2012-07-10 14:23:20

SAN DIEGO, July 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced the election of Susan Hockfield, Ph.D., to its Board of Directors. Dr. Hockfield's career spans more than 30 years as a leader in biomedical science research, and she served as president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) until July 2012, where she also holds a faculty appointment as professor of neuroscience. "We are fortunate to welcome Dr. Hockfield as a member of Qualcomm's...

Wing Bling: Flashier Is Better For Female Butterflies
2012-06-11 14:21:23

If female butterflies are programmed to identify males of their species by the patterns of spots on their wings, how can new wing patterns evolve in males? The answer is that while females are predisposed to prefer a specific pattern, they learn to like flashier ones more, according to a new Yale University study. The study published online the week of June 11 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences gives a partial explanation of an evolutionary mystery. Biologists...

2012-06-01 11:28:36

Changes to just three genetic letters among billions led to evolution and development of the mammalian motor sensory network, and laid the groundwork for the defining characteristics of the human brain, Yale University researchers report. This networks provides the direct synaptic connections between the multi-layered neocortex in the human brain responsible for emotions, perception, and cognition and the neural centers of the brain that make fine motor skills possible. A description of...

2012-05-23 17:08:34

Environmental change is the selective force that preserves adaptive traits in organisms and is a primary driver of evolution. However, it is less well known that evolutionary change in organisms also trigger fundamental changes in the environment. Yale University researchers found a prime example of this evolutionary feedback loop in a few lakes in Connecticut, where dams built 300 years ago in Colonial times trapped a fish called the alewife. In a study published May 23 in the journal...

2012-05-22 21:47:44

Patient care nationwide may be affected when research on medications contain only 'good news' — especially when the research is industry-funded When thousands of psychiatrists attend their field's largest annual meeting each year, the presentations they hear about research into drug treatments report overwhelmingly on positive results. That's the finding of a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology by two young psychiatrists from the University of...

2012-05-10 22:50:08

A recently evolved pattern of gene activity in the language and decision-making centers of the human brain is missing in a disorder associated with autism and learning disabilities, a new study by Yale University researchers shows. "This is the cost of being human," said Nenad Sestan, associate professor of neurobiology, researcher at Yale's Kavli Institute for Neuroscience, and senior author of the paper. "The same evolutionary mechanisms that may have gifted our species with amazing...

2012-05-10 14:08:09

Hospitals that perform expensive, invasive cardiovascular procedures on a disproportionate number of patients are more costly for all heart failure patients, including those treated with noninvasive methods, according to a new Yale study. Most heart failure patients are cared for without the use of invasive procedures like cardiac catheterization, notes the study published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes; but the rates of invasive procedures used for heart failure...

2012-05-07 10:24:21

NEW YORK, May 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Islet Sciences, Inc., (OTCBB: ISLT) a biotechnology company engaged in the research, development and commercialization of patented technologies in the field of transplantation therapy for patients with diabetes, today announced that it has exclusively licensed technology from Yale University. "In the course of research conducted under Yale auspices, Dr. Kevan Herold and his colleagues at Yale University School of Medicine have developed a technology...