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High school students and teachers at MSK for the 2015 “Major Trends in Modern Cancer Research”

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. Advertisements

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Journal covers

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

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Systems Biology talk at the MSKCC presidential seminars this week

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

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Taking statistical pictures of metastasis using zebrafish

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

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Lessons from a frinkandel-shaped cell

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

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When do bacteria decide to cooperate?

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

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2015 lab mug

Here’s the 2015 lab MUG designed by Silja Heilmann. Great for warm coffee or tea on a cloudy New York Sunday.

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