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3-D protein structure offers insight into rapid communication by brain cells

(Howard Hughes Medical Institute) New HHMI research reveals how three proteins help brain cells synchronize the release of chemical signals. A similar interaction may play a role in how cells secrete insulin and airway mucus, too.

New fluorescent dyes could advance biological imaging

(Howard Hughes Medical Institute) Scientists at HHMI's Janelia Research Campus have developed a new method for fine-tuning the structure of rhodamine dyes, and can now create a colorful palette of fluorescent molecules.

Expanding access to new tools to study childhood cancers

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) scientists have created an extensive resource for studying pediatric cancers, which they are sharing widely to help accelerate research.

Expanding access to new tools to study childhood cancers

(Howard Hughes Medical Institute) HHMI Investigator Michael Dyer and colleagues are widely sharing data and samples from nearly 100 new tumor models representing 12 pediatric cancers.

Origins of DNA folding suggested in archaea

(Howard Hughes Medical Institute) Proteins in archaea bend strands of DNA in a way that's similar in eukaryotes, new research from HHMI investigator and colleagues reveals. That similarity hints at the evolutionary origin of the elaborate folding that eukaryotic cells use to cram their genome into a nucleus.

Rewired taste system reveals how flavors move from tongue to brain

(Howard Hughes Medical Institute) By creating mice with mixed-up taste sensors, HHMI Investigator Charles Zuker and colleagues show how the taste system continually remakes itself.

The first civilizations of Greece are revealing their stories to science

(Howard Hughes Medical Institute) A new analysis of genome sequences from the ancient Minoans and Mycenaeans by HHMI investigator and colleagues offers insight into the origins of these Bronze Age cultures.

Study identifies enzyme that protects cells from toxic fat

A new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Howard Hughes Medical Institute sheds light on how a key fat-producing enzyme helps protect cells from a toxic form of fat.

Artificial intelligence helps build brain atlas of fly behavior

(Howard Hughes Medical Institute) Scientists at HHMI's Janelia Research Campus created comprehensive brain maps linking different groups of neurons to specific behaviors, using a machine-learning program that annotated more than 225 days of videos of flies -- a feat that would have taken humans some 3,800 years.

24 schools commit to diversity and inclusion through HHMI Inclusive Excellence initiative

(Howard Hughes Medical Institute) HHMI has selected 24 schools in the first round of the Inclusive Excellence initiative, a program that aims to help increase the capacity of colleges and universities to effectively engage all students so that they can be successful in science, especially undergraduates who enter four-year institutions via nontraditional pathways.

Tufts University awarded $1 million grant to boost diversity in natural sciences

(Tufts University) A group of faculty at Tufts University's School of Arts and Sciences has received a $1 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to broaden participation and cultivate the talents of undergraduate students of diverse backgrounds in the natural sciences.

Engineers genetically modified a dragonfly to carry a tiny solar-powered backpack

Researchers at Charles Stark Draper Laboratory and Howard Hughes Medical Institute have created a tiny insect drone. A dragonfly was genetically modified so that that it can be piloted remotely through pulses in its nerve cord. It carries a small backpack with electronics and a solar panel that powers it. But this isn't the first animal cyborg. Show More Summary

Researchers help provide first glimpse of organelles in action inside living cells

Researchers at Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development are getting a first glimpse at the inner-workings of live cells thanks to a new microscopy technique pioneered by Nobel laureate Eric Betzig with help from engineers at Drexel University. Show More Summary

41 scientists selected by philanthropies as International Research Scholars

(Howard Hughes Medical Institute) HHMI, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Wellcome Trust, and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation announce the selection of 41 International Research Scholars, early-career scientists poised to advance biomedical research across the globe.

BUSM student awarded third HHMI Medical Research Fellowship

(Boston University Medical Center) Joseph Park, a second-year student at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), was recently awarded his third Howard Hughes Medical Institute's (HHMI) Medical Research Fellowship. He is one of 79 medical students selected to conduct in-depth, mentored biomedical research.

Fruit fly brains found to have a ring of cells that work as a compass

(Phys.org)—A team of researchers with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute has found that a ring of cells in the middle of the fruit fly brain acts as a compass, helping the insect understand where it is, where it has been and where it is going. Show More Summary

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Award a First for Virginia Tech Carilion

In a first for the Virginia Tech Carilion partnership, a medical school student has been awarded with a Howard Hughes Medical Institute fellowship to devote a year to epilepsy research at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institut...

Howard Hughes Medical Institute research award a first for Virginia Tech Carilion

(Virginia Tech) A Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine has been awarded a highly competitive Howard Hughes Medical Institute fellowship to devote a year to in-depth, mentored biomedical research at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute.

HHMI awards medical research fellowships to 79 students

(Howard Hughes Medical Institute) The Howard Hughes Medical Institute's (HHMI) Medical Research Fellows Program has selected 79 talented medical and veterinary students to conduct in-depth, mentored biomedical research. Each fellow will...Show More Summary

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NY Times: Michael Eisen, an evolutionary biologist, is among the elite of American scientists, with a tenured position at the University of California, Berkeley, and generous funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute for his  ...Show More Summary

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