Navigation Links
Undergraduate research highlighted in DNA and Cell Biology Journal
Date:9/16/2010

New Rochelle, NY, September 16, 2010Not only do undergraduate students gain valuable hands-on experience by participating in scientific research projects, but they also make meaningful contributions, examples of which are highlighted in the current special issue of DNA and Cell Biology, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. The issue is available free online.

This special issue features a collection of papers reporting on successful research projects in which undergraduate students played a significant role, "and undoubtedly learned much in the process," writes Jo Handelsman, PhD, Editor-in-Chief of DNA and Cell Biology and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at Yale University (New Haven, CT), in an accompanying Editorial. Dr. Handelsman notes that "novices bring a fresh perspective" and their "lack of entrenched bias can bring new insights to old problems."

"This issue of DNA and Cell Biology is a testament to the creativity and hard work that undergraduates invest in research projects. And implicit in these publications is evidence of the power of research as an instrument of education," says Dr. Handelsman.

Included in the issue is a paper by Cristina Cardemil and colleagues from Swarthmore College (Pennsylvania) and DuPont Company (Wilmington, DE), describing the development of a bioluminescence-based test that uses a bacterium to measure the amount of ammonia and phosphate in water samples. The researchers showed that this method yields as good or better results as commonly used analytical chemistry test kits that have limited sensitivity.

Laura Bergner and coworkers from Davidson College (North Carolina) authored an article on their research to map and clone a mutant gene associated with male sterility in fruit flies. In Drosophila carrying this mutant gene, sperm begin to form too early, before chromosome replication has taken place. The authors identified a novel protein coded for by the gene of interest.

Exploring the regulation of telomerase, a protein that maintains the integrity of the ends of mammalian chromosomes and is typically silenced in normal human cells but reactivated in 90% of cancers, Diana Tran and coauthors from Harvey Mudd College (Claremont, CA), identified a gene region that is highly conserved among mammalian species and may play an important role in regulating telomerase activity.

Irene Cho and colleagues from University of Maryland Baltimore County and University of Alabama at Birmingham studied the effects of variation in the fruit fly S6 kinase genewhich appears to regulate fat storageon the metabolism, fitness, and immune system health, and life span of Drosophila.


'/>"/>

Contact: Vicki Cohn
vcohn@liebertpub.com
914-740-2100
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. NIMBioS hosts 200 undergraduates at national research conference
2. 2009 ASPB Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship award announcement
3. UC San Diego senior named Churchill Scholar for extraordinary undergraduate research
4. Merck and AAAS announce 2009 winners of outstanding undergraduate research programs
5. Research-based undergraduate course expands beyond Washington University
6. Research aims to lighten load carried by soldiers
7. Scripps research team wins $5.1 million to develop DNA sequencing technology
8. Neutrons helping ORNL researchers unlock secrets to cheaper ethanol
9. Research shows radiometric dating still reliable (again)
10. Plant biologists lead biobased-fuel research projects
11. Researchers build artificial ovary to develop oocytes into mature human eggs
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/18/2017)... Calif. , April 18, 2017  Socionext Inc., a global ... of a media edge server, the M820, which features the company,s ... recognition software provided by Tera Probe, Inc., will be showcased during ... at the NAB show at the Las Vegas ... ...
(Date:4/11/2017)... April 11, 2017 Crossmatch®, a globally-recognized ... solutions, today announced that it has been awarded ... Projects Activity (IARPA) to develop next-generation Presentation Attack ... "Innovation has been a driving force within ... will allow us to innovate and develop new ...
(Date:4/6/2017)... -- Forecasts by Product Type (EAC), Biometrics, ... (Transportation & Logistics, Government & Public Sector, Utilities / ... Facility, Nuclear Power), Industrial, Retail, Business Organisation (BFSI), Hospitality ... looking for a definitive report on the $27.9bn Access ... ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:10/10/2017)... ... ... San Diego-based team building and cooking events company, Lajollacooks4u, has unveiled a ... new look is part of a transformation to increase awareness, appeal to new markets ... It will also expand its service offering from its signature gourmet cooking classes and ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... CRUZ, Calif. , Oct. 10, 2017 ... grant from the NIH to develop RealSeq®-SC (Single Cell), ... kit for profiling small RNAs (including microRNAs) from single ... Analysis Program highlights the need to accelerate development of ... "New techniques for measuring ...
(Date:10/9/2017)... ... , ... At its national board meeting in North Carolina, ARCS® Foundation ... of Physics and Astronomy, has been selected for membership in ARCS Alumni Hall ... 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental physics for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of ...
(Date:10/7/2017)...  The 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry recognizes ... Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson ... (cryo-EM) have helped to broaden the use ... The winners worked with systems manufactured by Thermo ... resolved, three-dimensional images of protein structures that lead ...
Breaking Biology Technology: