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Yeast epigenome map reveals details of gene regulation

The study is a major step toward improving understanding of development, evolution and environmental responses in higher organisms.
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CRISPR improves method for studying gene functions

A new paper describes a technique that helps biologists understand the roles that individual genes play.
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Computer model reveals how cortical areas develop and evolve

Little is known about how higher cortical areas in the brain develop after the primary areas are in place. A new study by Cornell and Yale researchers, including professor emerita of psychology Barbara Finlay, uses computer modeling to show that the development and evolution of secondary visual cortical areas can be explained by the same process.
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Sex peptide causes female fruit fly’s gut to grow

Scientists have known that females of many species eat more to meet the demands of reproduction, and that females undergo widespread physiological and behavioral changes after mating. The mechanisms of these changes, however, are not well understood.

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Lost frogs rediscovered with environmental DNA

Scientists have detected signs of a frog listed extinct and not seen since 1968, using an innovative technique to locate declining and missing species in two regions of Brazil.

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Exclusive group mating found for first time in Brazilian frogs

The lack of previous examples of group fidelity in frogs may be simply because the behavior is hard to observe.
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Antonie Blackler, pioneering biologist, dies at 88

Antonie Blackler, professor emeritus of zoology and an expert on developmental biology, died June 3 in Ithaca. He was 88.

He was known for groundbreaking fundamental work on the origin of sex cells in vertebrates. His experiments with African claw-toed frogs yielded important insights into the development and reproduction of amphibian embryos, with implications for other animals and humans.



New imaging technique sheds light on adult zebrafish brain

The Cornell Neurotech team's research could have implications for the study of human brain disorders, including autism.
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Lab instructors adapt to remote teaching

Teaching labs remotely “gave us this opportunity to really pause and think about what are our goals for the students.”
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Research interrupted: Lab groups find their way together

Faculty are helping students come up with solutions – ways they can be productive remotely, read papers and write.
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Improved CRISPR gene drive solves problems of old tech

Gene drives use genetic engineering to create a desired mutation in a few individuals that then spreads via mating throughout a population in fewer than 10 generations.

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Panel discusses global uncertainties surrounding coronavirus

With the recent emergence of the coronavirus from China’s Hubei province, another “virus” has the potential to spread, a Cornell faculty member said Tuesday at a wide-ranging panel discussion on the outbreak.

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T-box structure in bacteria may be target for new antibiotics

New discovery offers hope as the threat of antibiotic-resistant disease germs grows.
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Symposium bridges cancer research across Cornell

The second annual Intercampus Cancer Symposium, Oct. 11 at the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine, will highlight the wide range of cancer research taking place at Cornell’s Ithaca campus and at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City.

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Baskin wins young investigator award for lipid research

When chemical biologist Jeremy Baskin played piano as a child, his parents noticed something unusual: He loved to improvise.

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Book reveals wild honeybees’ biology, with insights for beekeepers

While human relations with honeybees date back about 4,500 years, little has been known about how bees live in the wild.

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‘Stick to your values,’ general tells ROTC cadets

Tyler Barr learned about leadership under pressure while attending a summer program at officer candidate school as a midshipman in the Marine Corps ROTC program at Cornell.

He called it “by far the most difficult six weeks of our lives,” as he recounted sleeping and eating very little while being pushed to his physical limits.


CRISPR-Cas3 innovation holds promise for disease cures, advancing science

A Cornell researcher and colleagues have used a new CRISPR method for the first time in human cells – a major advance in the field.
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Study: Fungal disease decimates amphibians worldwide

A fungal disease that afflicts amphibians has led to the greatest loss of biodiversity ever recorded due to a disease.
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Six assistant professors win NSF early-career awards

Two operations research and information engineers, two electrical engineers and two mathematicians from Cornell have received National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Program awards. 

Over the next five years, each researcher will receive up to $500,000 “to build a firm scientific footing for solving challenges and scaling new heights for the nation, as well as serve as academic role models in research and education,” according to the NSF website.