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On Tuesday, November 10, MSK hosted the tenth annual “Major Trends in Modern Cancer Research” lecture for high school and college students. The session was moderated by Craig Thompsons and featured Kat Hadjantonakis, Cole Hanes and me. The whole session is on youtube.
During my PhD, 1999-2003, most scientific articles I needed for my research where only available in print. I’d go down to the library and take hours photocopying articles from piles of journals. I also listened to a lot of CDs and I … Continue reading
Evolutionary Tradeoffs and the Geometry of Gene Expression Space Uri Alon, PhD Senior Scientist, Department of Molecular Cell Biology and Department Physics of Complex Systems Weizmann Institute of Science Rehovot, Israel October 21, 2015 at 4:30 PM Host: GSK Graduate … Continue reading
Metastasis, the spread of cancer from its primary site to other parts of the body, is when cancer gets really bad. But this process is poorly understood, in large part because it is stochastic. Like the dispersal of plant seeds … Continue reading
Organisms of different species have different shapes and sizes and still, within the same species, shape and size are practically constant. For example, elephants can be 250,000 larger in volume than mice, yet when we compare elephants of the same species and controlling … Continue reading
Bacteria don’t think since they’re just single celled organisms. But they do make decisions. Take the lac operon, arguably the best studied molecular system that enables an organism to adapt to changing conditions. When bacteria have plenty of a nutrient … Continue reading
Here’s the 2015 lab MUG designed by Silja Heilmann. Great for warm coffee or tea on a cloudy New York Sunday.
Mathematical biology has always been obsessed with shapes, specially because many that look so complicated can actually be created with simple rules. Take the Turing patterns – these are regular shapes that obey the same type of rules but can make spots, stripes, … Continue reading
Before the year ends I have to hurry and upload the pictures for our official 2014 X-Lab MUG.
Colonization resistance is the ability of the commensal microbiota to prevent invasion by entheric pathogens. This ability can be compromised when patients take antibiotics – a fact that was known for many antibiotics. However, the mechanisms by which colonization resistance … Continue reading