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Yale Scientists Reveal Ebola Epidemic in Africa Poised to Explode

October 24, 2014

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Yale Study Shows Ebola Epidemic in Africa Poised to Explode

An international team of scientists has developed a new mathematical transmission model of the Ebola disease and applied it to Liberia’s most populous county, revealing that tens of thousands of new Ebola cases and deaths are likely by December 15 if the epidemic continues on its present course. The Ebola virus disease epidemic already devastating […]

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Chip-Scale Device Enables Yale Engineers to ‘See Without Looking’

October 20, 2014

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Yale Engineers Develop a Chip Scale Device That Uses Interaction Free Measurement

Engineers at the Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science have developed a chip-scale device that uses the wave-particle duality of single photons to sense the presence of an object without interacting with it – a technique known as “interaction-free measurement.” “Our device uses silicon photonics to create interaction-free measurement on an integrated chip—something previously […]

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Antifreeze Protein in Ticks Could Lead to New Antibiotics for Humans

October 17, 2014

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Tick Protein Inspires New Class of Antibiotics

Scientists from Yale University have discovered that an antifreeze protein in ticks that kicks in during winter can also fights infection, possibly leading to a new class of antibiotics for humans. A protein in ticks that protects them against the cold could inspire a new class of antibiotics for humans, according to a Yale University […]

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Yale Study Shows Siblings of Children with Autism Can Show Signs at 18 Months

October 16, 2014

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Siblings With Autism Can Show Early Signs

A new study from Yale University found that younger siblings of children with ASD showed symptoms as early as 18 months old, reinforcing the need for repeated diagnostic screening in the first three years of life to identify individual cases of ASD as soon as behavioral symptoms are apparent. About 20% of younger siblings of […]

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Study Finds Stimulant Use Increases by 30% During the School Year

October 14, 2014

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Research Shows Stimulant Use Increases by 30 Percent During the School Year

New research from Yale, NYU and the University of Wisconsin-Madison shows that students are 30% more likely to take a stimulant medication during the school year than they are to take one during the summer. The authors found that school-year increases in stimulant use are largest for children from socioeconomically advantaged families. Because many children […]

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Yale Biologists Describe DNA’s Security System

October 13, 2014

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Surveillance of Nuclear Pore Complex Assembly

In a newly published study, Yale biologists and colleagues describe a key quality control mechanism that protects new cells from inheriting defective nuclear pore complexes. As befitting life’s blueprint, DNA is surrounded by an elaborate security system that assures crucial information is imparted without error. The security is provided by a double membrane perforated by […]

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Researchers Uncover Molecular Process in the Brain that Transforms White Fat into Brown Fat

October 10, 2014

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Researchers Uncover Molecular Process that Transforms White Fat into Brown Fat

Yale scientists uncover how a molecular process in the brain that known to control eating transforms white fat into brown fat, impacting how much energy we burn and how much weight we can lose. The results are published in the October 9 issue of the journal Cell. Obesity is a rising global epidemic. Excess fatty […]

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Researchers Detail the Structure and Dynamics of the HIV Spike Protein

October 9, 2014

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Scientists Capture Images of the Protein HIV Uses to Infect Cells

In two newly published studies, researchers detail the structure and dynamics of the HIV spike protein, which is used by the virus uses to fuse with and enter cells. HIV is adept at eluding immune system responses because the protein it uses to infect cells is constantly changing. Now a team of researchers including scientists […]

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Yale Engineers Develop Hybrid System for Quantum Communication

October 9, 2014

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Yale Engineers Develop System for Quantum Communication

Using microwaves and magnets, researchers at the Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science developed a hybrid system for quantum communication. Yale engineers have developed a hybrid system that strongly couples magnons—the smallest unit of measurement for a magnetic spin excitation—with microwave photons. According to the researchers, the hybrid system achieved an ultrahigh coherence between […]

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Study Reveals the Importance of Tiny Creatures in Structure of Grasslands

October 3, 2014

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Tiny Creatures Play Key Role in Structure of Grasslands

A newly published study reveals the importance of earthworms, beetles, and other tiny creatures to the structure of grasslands and the valuable ecosystem services they provide. When asked to describe a forest or a meadow, most people would probably begin with the plants, the species diversity, or the color of the foliage. They probably wouldn’t […]

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New Treatment Blocks and Reverses Pulmonary Fibrosis

September 25, 2014

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MicroRNA Mimicry Blocks Pulmonary Fibrosis

Using mouse models, researchers from Yale University and miRagen Therapeutics have shown that miR-29 blocks and reverses pulmonary fibrosis. Yale University researchers are studying a potential new treatment that reverses the effects of pulmonary fibrosis, a respiratory disease in which scars develop in the lungs and severely hamper breathing. The treatment uses a microRNA mimic, […]

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Yale Researchers Detail How Blood Vessels Stay Fit

September 24, 2014

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Researchers Reveal How Blood Vessels Keep Fit

In a newly published study, researchers from Yale University detail a key molecular fitness signal that prevents vessels from becoming narrow and developing dangerous plaques. Blood vessels need constant maintenance if they are to remain healthy. Yale researchers describe a key molecular fitness signal that prevents vessels from becoming narrow and developing dangerous plaques. The […]

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