Highway of dreams for microbiologists

A few years ago, biol­o­gists Slava Epstein and Yoshiteru Aoi fan­ta­sized about a device that would work like a highway lane clo­sure to iso­late pure bac­te­rial sam­ples from the envi­ron­ment. They teamed with assis­tant pro­fessor of chem­ical engi­neering Ed Goluch to make their dream a reality.

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Guest post: The a-​​capella-​​singing salamander scientist

Today’s guest post comes to you from the capable hands of blos­soming sci­ence writer Gwen Schanker, AMD’18. Schanker just com­pleted her first year at North­eastern, where she studies jour­nalism and […]

Why bacteria are beautiful, and why we need them

Nobel lau­reate Sir Richard Roberts, recently appointed Dis­tin­guished Uni­ver­sity Pro­fessor in the Col­lege of Sci­ence, dis­cussed his love for bac­teria and their sym­biosis with people on Monday after­noon at his inau­gural lec­ture, after which he con­versed with Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun.

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Making whoopee, coral style

When it comes to making babies, most species pick a strategy and stick with it. Humans, for example, are per­fectly happy with our sexual mode of repro­duc­tion: Half the DNA […]

You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours

Com­mu­ni­ties with strong mutu­al­istic inter­ac­tions tend to be more resilient, according to a new study by Fil­ippo Simini, a post­doc­toral research asso­ciate in Northeastern’s Center for Com­plex Net­work Research.

A wiring diagram for disease

Baruch Barzel, a post­doc­toral researcher in world-​​renowned net­work sci­en­tist Albert-​​László Barabási’s lab, has worked out a method for map­ping the inter­ac­tions between cel­lular com­po­nents, moving the team a step closer in its quest to under­stand, pre­dict, and con­trol disease.

Study: Antibiotics are unique assassins

In recent years, the notion that there is a single mech­a­nism by which antibi­otics wipe out bac­teria has per­me­ated the field of micro­bi­ology. Now, new research from pro­fessor Kim Lewis and his team ques­tions that hypothesis.

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Why so persistent?

Per­sis­tence — it’s what keeps us all sur­viving. If it weren’t for this lovely quality, we’d just give up and crawl under a rock some­where because it’s all just so […]

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How white band disease sweeps through a reef

Living in panama and working on the reefs I would watch white band dis­ease sweep through the pop­u­la­tion,” said assis­tant pro­fessor of earth and envi­ron­mental sci­ence Steve Vollmer. He pursued […]

Biology is a complex matter

World-​​renowned sys­tems biol­o­gist Leroy Hood said Monday at Northeastern’s Pro­files in Inno­va­tion Pres­i­den­tial Speaker Series that in the next 10 years, he believes we will each have our genome sequenced and a drop of blood could offer a window into health and disease.

Cancer-​​detection nets entrepreneurial award

Phar­ma­ceu­tical sci­ences pro­fessor Ban-​​An Khaw was named a Mass Chal­lenge finalist for his ground-​​breaking tech­nology to detect cancer at very low levels by tag­ging cells with a “Christmas tree” of radioac­tive markers.