Jeffrey Townsend interviews Rhiju Das, creator of EteRNA
In our third podcast, Jeffrey Townsend interviews Rhiju Das, an Associate Professor of Biochemistry at Stanford University and the newest team member of the Center for Genetically Encoded Materials. Jeff talks to Rhiju about his 'citizen science' video game EteRNA, which he has turned into a massive open laboratory to advance science. This interview was recorded on the August 30, 2018. You can play EteRNA using your web browser at eternagame.org/.
Jeffrey Townsend interviews C-GEM Principal Investigator Alanna Schepartz
In our second podcast, Jeffrey Townsend interviews Alanna Schepartz, the head of the Center for Genetically Encoded Materials. Alanna discusses the science behind the Center, and the ways in which its leading edge biochemical research could create startling new possibilities in materials science. This interview was recorded on the June 13, 2018. C-GEM is an NSF Center for Chemical Innovation.
YSPH Postdoc Deconstructs the Evolution of Antibiotic Resistance with TV’s Bill Nye
When Yale School of Public Health postdoctoral associate Vincent Cannataro responded to a Twitter hashtag, “#BillMeetScienceTwitter,” created by scientists enhance the work of well-known TV presenter Bill Nye, a.k.a. “Bill Nye the Science Guy.” He didn’t expect to meet the man himself.
Yale scientists develop novel genetic analysis model
After almost a decade of research, Yale scientists in partnership with scientists from Howard University have published a new genetic analysis tool that may soon change the way we differentiate between humans and chimpanzees, our close genetic relatives.
Yale researchers use new techniques to pinpoint evolution in fungi
Authors from Yale and Michigan State University collaborated on a National Science Foundation study of five types of fungi that has illuminated a successful new strategy for pinpointing genes responsible for the evolution of certain biological processes.
Mathematical Model Developed at YSPH Provides New Insights into Deadly Bubonic Plague
The bubonic plague, transmitted by fleas from rats to humans, has caused major disruptions throughout history, from the Byzantine Empire to the Victorian era. Plague—from natural sources and as an agent of bioterrorism—still poses a threat today, leading scientists to look to the past to understand how interactions of fleas, rats and humans can wreak havoc by spreading the disease.
Yale study examines evolution of cancer
A novel Yale study answers age-old questions about how cancers spread by applying tools from evolutionary biology. The new insights will help scientists better understand the genetic origins of tumor metastases, and lead to more effective targets for treatment, said the researchers. The study, led by associate professor of public health (biostatistics) Jeffrey Townsend, was published on Feb. 8 by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Direct-acting antivirals could reduce HCV prevalence by 80%
Novel direct-acting antiviral (DAA) therapies could reduce the prevalence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) by more than 80%, suggesting that HCV infections could be eliminated in the U.S. if enhanced screening and treatment efforts targeted high-risk populations, according to a new study.