Holiday Lectures on Science: Bacteria's Deadly Design. Rockefeller University's C. Erec Stebbins studies the methods by which bacteria target and infect their hosts. In his Laboratory of Structural Microbiology, Dr. Stebbins and his lab members use techniques from biochemistry, microbial cell biology and x-ray crystallography to uncover the molecular architecture that enables bacteria to spread disease.

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The redefinition of normal. "Before calling it an epidemic, people really need to understand what the numbers do and don’t say." — Rockefeller University professor Jeffrey Friedman in The New York Times, 2004

Researchers unlock another piece of the RNA sequencing puzzle.

Now, a study from researchers at Rockefeller University and Columbia University has identified a protein that recognizes a chemical instruction tag affixed to an RNA sequence, an important step in the decision-making process. The team state that their findings help to explain how the destiny of an RNA sequence is achieved. The opensource study is published in the journal Cell.

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Epigenetic mutation helps explain why, in rare cases, flu can kill.

A small number of children who catch the influenza virus fall so ill they end up in the hospital, perhaps needing ventilators to breathe, even while their family and friends recover easily. New research by Rockefeller University scientists helps explain why, a rare genetic mutation. The study is published in Science. The researchers scrutinized blood and tissue samples from a young girl who, at the age of two-and-a-half, developed acute respiratory distress syndrome after catching the flu…

Drugs in dirt: Scientists appeal for help

1/20/15 Drugs in dirt: Scientists appeal for help. US scientists are asking the public to join them in their quest to mine the Earth's soil for compounds that could be turned into vital new drugs. Spurred on by the recent discovery of a potential new antibiotic in soil, the Rockefeller University team want to check dirt from every country in the world. But they need help getting samples: Drugs From Dirt website.

Researchers identify new role for tRNA fragments in tumour suppression.

For years, scientists have been puzzled by the presence of short stretches of genetic material floating inside a variety of cells, ranging from bacteria to mammals, including humans. These fragments are pieces of the genetic instructions cells use to make proteins, but are too short a length to serve their usual purpose. Now, researchers at the Rockefeller University have discovered a major clue to the role these fragments play in the body, and in the process, may have opened up a new…

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