The Evolution of Parenting

Posted 7 months 6 days ago

Genetics researchers share a new study that builds on 50 years of theorizing by behavioralists - how parenting changes parents:

The study, published this month in Nature Communications, finds that the transition from a non-parenting state to a parenting state reflects differences in neuropeptides generally associated with mating, feeding, aggression and increased social tolerance.

Neuropeptides are small proteins that allow neurons in the brain to communicate with each other; they also influence behavior.

The team's research-tested on an insect, the burying beetle...

Center for Molecular Medicine

Posted 7 months 1 week ago
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Progress on the new 43,000-square-foot research facility, which will host teams of scientists working to uncover new treatments for such maladies as obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and neurological disorders, continues apace:

"The research emphasis of the center is to study different aspects of human disease and use that information to develop therapeutics and diagnostics," said Stephen Dalton, director of the center and a GRA Eminent Scholar of Molecular Cell Biology. 

Researchers will explore diseases at the molecular level to understand the effects of drugs and...

Presidential Early Career Award for Sweigart

Posted 8 months 1 week ago
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Assistant professor Andrea Sweigart is among 102 scientists announced as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, or PECASE, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on scientists and engineers in the early stages of their research careers:

Established in 1996 by President Bill Clinton, awardees are selected for their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education or community outreach. The recipients...

Researchers receive Moore Foundation grant to study the global ocean microbiome

Posted 8 months 1 week ago
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A $1.3 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation will allow Franklin researchers to uncover answers about an important metabolic link that takes place in the Earth's oceans:

Microorganisms in the largest microbial habitat on Earth, the ocean microbiome, function similarly to microorganisms in the human gut; they perform chemical transformations that keep the whole system healthy.

Phytoplankton, the microbial primary producers of the ocean, take up carbon dioxide and provide the building blocks for all marine life, while bacteria use these building blocks to...

Biochemistry PhD among most cited authors - ever

Posted 8 months 2 weeks ago

Marion Bradford, a PhD student in the department of biochemistry from the 1970's, came to our attention recently as the focus of one of the most intriguing stories of the year: a paper he published back then on what is known as the Bradford protein assay, is one of the most cited scientific studies in history:

According to analysis published in the journal Current Science, a 1976 paper by Marion M. Bradford, a University of Georgia biochemist, has been cited an incredible 157,683 times, one of just three papers to achieve more than 100,000 citations.

To put that in...