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Speed limit on DNA-making sets pace for life's first steps

Scientists puzzled for two decades over this seemingly unnecessary withholding. Now researchers, including Princeton's Djabrayan, Shvartsman, Smits, Krajnc, and Stern have shown that the inhibiting mechanism, controlled by an... Read more


For infection-fighting cells, a guideline for expanding the troops

Now a team from Princeton, including Andreas Mayer, Ned Wingreen and Yaojun Zhang, has provided insight into this question using mathematical modeling. The team found that the most important factors in how T cells expand were... Read more


Bridgett vonHoldt is exploring genetic factors that help explain why dogs connect so well with humans

Catherine Zandonella and the Office of the Dean for Research have posted a video on the development of a DNA test to determine your... Read more


Princeton geneticist, Bridgett vonHoldt, solves long-standing finch beak mystery

Bridgett vonHoldt, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, branched out from her usual field of canine genetics to tackle a bird... Read more


Bee social or buzz off: Study, led by Sarah Kocher, links genes to social behaviors, including autism

“Bees have complex social behaviors, and with this species of bee, we can directly compare individuals that live in social groups to those that don’t live in social groups,” said Sarah... Read more


Murphy and Troyanskaya lead team to produce new resources for C. elegans research

Scientists have long prized the roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans as a model for studying the biology of multicellular organisms. The millimeter-long worms are easy to grow in the lab and manipulate genetically, and they have... Read more


Bonnie Bassler receives Schering Prize for discovering bacterial communication

Schering Stiftung announced Monday, Sept. 3, that they were awarding the 2018 Ernst Schering Prize to molecular biologist Bonnie Bassler for her pioneering work on bacterial quorum... Read more


Modern Flores Island pygmies show no genetic link to extinct ‘hobbits’

Two pygmy populations on the same tropical island. One went extinct tens of thousands of years ago; the other still lives there. Are they related? It’s a simple question that took years to answer. As no one has been able to... Read more


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