Life Sciences

  • Speed limit on DNA-making sets pace for life's first steps

    Monday, Mar 18, 2019
    by Scott Lyon, Office of Engineering Communications

    Fruit flies make for stingy mothers, imparting only a portion of the genetic building blocks their offspring need to survive. The rest must be produced by the fertilized egg in its first few steps of growth.

    Scientists puzzled for two decades over this seemingly unnecessary withholding. Now researchers at Princeton University have shown that the inhibiting mechanism, controlled by an enzyme known as RNR, is key to the embryo's survival. Too much material early on leads to disaster for the fledgling lifeform.

  • Algal library lends insights into genes for photosynthesis

    Monday, Mar 18, 2019
    by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research

    It isn't easy being green. It takes thousands of genes to build the photosynthetic machinery that plants need to harness sunlight for growth. And yet, researchers don't know exactly how these genes work.

  • Princeton faculty to test new Microsoft Station B platform toward goal of boosting production of lifesaving biological therapies

    Tuesday, Mar 12, 2019
    by Princeton University

    UPDATE March 11, 2019: A post for Microsoft’s Innovation Stories blog describes the Station B platform, which researchers from Princeton will test to investigate the formation of biofilms — surface-associated communities of bacteria that are the leading cause of microbial infection worldwide.

    A Nov. 28, 2018, announcement of this collaboration between Princeton and Microsoft is below. 

  • Data science tool that reveals molecular causes of disease shows power in infant cancer analysis

    Thursday, Feb 28, 2019
    by Steven Schultz, Office of Engineering Communications

    Princeton University researchers are gaining new insights into the causes and characteristics of diseases by harnessing machine learning to analyze molecular patterns across hundreds of diseases simultaneously. Demonstrating a new tool now available to researchers worldwide, the team of computer scientists and biologists has already uncovered and experimentally confirmed previously unknown contributions of four genes to a rare form of cancer that primarily affects babies and young children.

  • Ten Princeton faculty members awarded Sloan Research Fellowships

    Tuesday, Feb 19, 2019
    by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

    Ten Princeton scientists have been selected to receive 2019 Sloan Research Fellowships, highly competitive grants given to outstanding young scholars working at the frontiers of their fields.

    The 10 fellows are among 126 biologists, chemists, computer scientists, economists, mathematicians, neuroscientists, ocean scientists and physicists chosen for the award from 57 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. Princeton earned the most fellowships of any single-campus institution, with at least one winner from each field.

  • Princeton IP accelerator funding awarded to seven promising technologies

    Wednesday, Feb 6, 2019
    by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research

    Seven innovations with the potential to benefit society and spur the economy have been awarded funding to bridge the gap between laboratory research and the development needed to move promising ideas into the global marketplace.

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