Life Sciences

  • AI-based motion-capture system for animals has applications from drug development to ecology

    Wednesday, Jan 8, 2020
    by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research

    A new system that uses artificial intelligence to track animal movements is poised to aid a wide range of studies, from exploring new drugs that affect behavior to ecological research. The approach, shown in the video above, can be used with laboratory animals such as fruit flies and mice as well as larger animals.

  • No laboratory needed: The Person Project mines social science data with secure online activities

    Tuesday, Jan 7, 2020
    by Morgan Tucker, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

    Understanding the human psyche is complex, for ordinary people and scientists alike. Now, researchers at Princeton University have created a new tool for social scientists to study human psychology through a series of fun, thought-provoking activities.

    Launched this month, the Person Project website and smartphone app (available for both iPhone and Android) are designed to encrypt and store securely collected data from users who participate in these activities, providing an online platform for researchers to use in academic studies. 

  • Schmidt DataX Fund supports research projects that harness data science to speed up discovery

    Monday, Nov 18, 2019
    by Sharon Adarlo, Center for Statistics and Machine Learning

    Nine data-driven research projects have won funding from Princeton University’s Schmidt DataX Fund, which aims to spread and deepen the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning across campus to accelerate discovery.

    In February, the University announced the new fund, which was made possible through a major gift from Schmidt Futures.

  • Company working to cure incurable cancers is first to receive funding under Princeton University agreement with New Jersey Health Foundation

    Monday, Aug 12, 2019

    Kayothera, an early-stage therapeutics company and Princeton University spinout, is working to give hope to some of the most vulnerable cancer patients. Now the company’s aspirations are being bolstered by significant seed funding received from the New Jersey Health Foundation (NJHF). This is the first sizable deal under a framework established by NJHF and Princeton University.

  • Researchers reverse engineer the 'fireworks of life'

    Monday, Aug 5, 2019
    by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

    Imagine standing in a lumberyard and being asked to build a house — without blueprints or instructions of any kind. The materials are all in front of you, but that doesn’t mean you have the first idea how to get from point A to point B.

    That was the situation facing the Princeton biologists who are building microtubules, the skeleton of the cell, from scratch.

  • New research raises possibility of better anti-obesity drugs

    Friday, Jun 28, 2019
    by Princeton University

    Effective weight-loss strategies call for eating less food, burning more calories — or ideally, both. But for the more than 90 million Americans who suffer from obesity, a disease that contributes to conditions ranging from heart disease to cancer, behavioral change is hard to accomplish or not effective enough, which is why scientists have long sought drugs that would help people shed pounds. Yet effective, long-lasting treatments have thus far eluded them.

  • Sea slugs use algae's bacterial ‘weapons factory’ in three-way symbiotic relationship

    Thursday, Jun 27, 2019
    by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research

    Delicate yet voracious, the sea slug Elysia rufescens grazes cow-like on bright green tufts of algae, rooting around to find the choicest bits.

    But this inch-long marine mollusk gains not only a tasty meal — it also slurps up the algae's defensive chemicals, which the slug can then deploy against its own predators.

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