Life Sciences

Princeton scientists discover an interaction that helps cancers spread to bone
April 15, 2019
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Written by by Caitlin Sedwick for the Department of Molecular Biology

A Princeton-led team of researchers has discovered a factor that promotes the spread of cancers to bone, opening the way toward treatments that could mitigate cancer’s ability to colonize bone. The study by Mark Esposito,

Takahashi named Schmidt Science Fellow for study of complex human diseases
April 10, 2019
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Written by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

Eric and Wendy Schmidt announced on April 8 that Saki Takahashi is one of 20 new Schmidt Science Fellows — a program of Schmidt Futures, in partnership with the Rhodes Trust.

Takahashi works to understand the spread of…

Government subsidies could be key to containing hospital-born infections
April 3, 2019
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Written by Morgan Kelly, Princeton Environmental Institute

Health care-associated infections — illnesses that people contract while being treated in a hospital or other health care facility — sicken millions of people each year and cost billions of dollars in additional treatment. While there has been some improvement over the years, on any given day, about 3 percent of the hospitalized population in…

Molecular biologist Mallarino named 2019 Searle Scholar
April 1, 2019
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Written by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

Ricardo Mallarino, an assistant professor of molecular biology at Princeton University, has been named a Searle Scholar for 2019. He is one of 15 young researchers selected for the honor, out of 195 nominations from 137 universities…

Wieschaus named fellow of the American Association for Cancer Research
March 25, 2019
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Written by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

The American Association for Cancer Research announced today that Eric Wieschaus, who won the

Algal library lends insights into genes for photosynthesis
March 18, 2019
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Written by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research

It isn't easy being green. It takes thousands of genes to build the photosynthetic machinery that plants need to harness sunlight for growth. And yet, researchers don't know exactly how these genes work.

Now a team led by Princeton University researchers has constructed a public "library" to help researchers to find out what each gene…

Princeton faculty to test new Microsoft Station B platform toward goal of boosting production of lifesaving biological therapies
March 12, 2019
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Written by Princeton University

UPDATE March 11, 2019: A post for Microsoft’s Innovation Stories blog describes the Station B platform, which researchers from Princeton will test to investigate the formation of…

Ecologists find a ‘landscape of fearlessness’ in a war-torn savannah
March 7, 2019
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Written by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

A team of Princeton ecologists took advantage of a rare opportunity to study what happens to an ecosystem when large carnivores are wiped out.

“Large carnivores play a critical, and disproportionate, role in their ecosystems, and their populations are declining worldwide,” said

Put eggs all in one basket, or spread them around? Birds know best
Feb. 27, 2019
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Written by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research

In the tropical jungle of Central America where predators abound, a species of cuckoo has found safety in numbers by building communal nests guarded by two or three breeding pairs.

Why then do these agreeable avians sometimes ditch the collaborative lifestyle and instead deposit eggs into nests outside the communal group, acting like…

Princeton-Rutgers M.D.-Ph.D. program trains future physicians in scientific research
Feb. 11, 2019
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Written by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research

For Thomas Pisano, the motivation to become a doctor and scientist was personal. A skiing accident left his legs paralyzed, fueling his aspiration to become a physician and biomedical researcher who could both conduct scientific investigations and apply that knowledge to saving lives in the clinic.

“My goal is to take…