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A young scientist scores another first

A young scientist scores another first

Following up on groundbreaking work of 2006, Yale structural biologist’s team strikes again, cracking enzyme akin to an Alzheimer’s culprit

“This is the material that’s not in the biochemistry textbooks yet,” says Ya Ha, Ph.D. “This is preliminary work, but it’s still a breakthrough.”

The work in question is Ha’s research team’s recent determination of the atomic structure (known in the trade as “solving” the structure) of FlaK, an enzyme found in an evolutionarily ancient microorganism native to the salt marshes of the southeastern U.S. It may seem improbable that knowing a tiny piece of this tiny creature in such intimate detail...

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A young scientist scores another first

Couple’s passion for the arts inspires unique scholarship fund

Having majored in philosophy and history as an undergraduate at Trinity College, in Hartford, Conn., David Leof, M.D., a member of the School of Medicine’s Class of 1964, initially found life at the medical school to be “quite terrifying.” On his very first day, then-Dean Vernon W. Lippard, M.D., issued a sobering call to responsibility, reminding the new students that medical school is only a brief chapter in the...

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Innate immunity pioneer receives international prize

Innate immunity pioneer receives international prize

Ruslan M. Medzhitov, Ph.D., the David W. Wallace Professor of Immunobiology, is one of three scientists awarded the 2011 Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine.

A member of Yale Cancer Center and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, Medzhitov has made groundbreaking...

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