Biology

Professor Wendy Smith collaborates on hornworm genome sequencing

Hornworm Genome . . . Sequenced! An international team of researchers has sequenced the genome of the tobacco hornworm—a caterpillar species used in many research laboratories for studies of insect biology. . . The researchers have published their work in a paper titled “Multifaceted biological insights from a draft genome sequence of the tobacco hornworm moth, Manduca sexta” in […]

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GMOs? Nobel laureate makes the case for Genetically Modified Organisms

Should we fear Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)? If the thought of genetically-modified organ­isms, or GMOs, brings to mind vague notions fraught with danger, Nobel lau­reate and Dis­tin­guished Uni­ver­sity Pro­fessor Sir Richard John Roberts would say you needn’t worry. In fact, he argued Thursday at North­eastern that the per­ceived dan­gers of GMOs are the result of […]

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Bioengineering professor receives NIH ‘New Innovator Award’

The National Institutes of Health recognized Nikolai Slavov, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, with its New Innovator Award. On winning the award, Slavov said, “There is this momentum and enthusiasm for taking smart risks among both the faculty and students at Northeastern—asking big questions and doing whatever is required to contribute to their resolution.” Direct evi­dence. […]

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Biology PhD student Alison Wirshing wins International Award

Poster Award goes to . . . Alison Wirshing! Congratulations to Biology PhD student Alison Wirshing for winning the International Society of Differentiation Beverly McKinnell Student Award (and 1000€) at the Society for Developmental Biology Poster Competition this past weekend! Alison participated in the 75th Annual Meeting ISD 19th International Conference (http://sdbonline.org/2016mtg). After being selected […]

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MRSA Studies: Scientists find new antibiotic in the human nose

MRSA Studies identify potential treatment from Bacteria found in the Human Nose Until now, conventional antibiotic discovery has focused on looking for compounds from bacteria living in dirt. But identifying novel compound structures from soil microbes has been getting harder. The new research, from Andreas Peschel and colleagues at the University of Tübingen, suggests that the […]

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