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New Technique Takes Cues from Astronomy and Ophthalmology to Sharpen Microscope Images


The complexity of biology can befuddle even the most sophisticated light microscopes. Biological samples bend light in unpredictable ways, returning difficult-to-interpret information to the microscope and distorting the resulting image. New imaging...
4/11/2014 9:00 PM EDT

Humans Can Distinguish at Least One Trillion Different Odors

New research shows that humans are capable of discriminating at least one trillion different odors. HHMI scientists determined that our sense of smell is prepared to recognize this vast olfactory palette after testing individuals' ability to...
3/18/2014 12:05 PM EDT

Warmer Temperatures Fuel Spread of Malaria Into Higher Elevations

In the tropical highlands of South America and East Africa, cool temperatures have historically kept mosquito-borne diseases, such as malaria, at bay. New research by Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) scientists shows that as annual...
3/6/2014 12:00 PM EST

Making Science Go Viral

According to a newly published analysis, students in HHMI's Science Education Alliance-PHAGES program have published their own scientific results, receive higher grades in their biology courses, are more likely to continue their education than...
2/3/2014 6:00 PM EST

Search and Destroy: How Bacteria Target Foreign DNA


New research from HHMI scientists reveals how a foreign-DNA-destroying system, known as CRISPR, efficiently locates its DNA targets within a bacterial genome.
1/30/2014 4:55 PM EST

When Populations Collide

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) researchers at Harvard Medical School have analyzed exactly which areas of the human genome retain segments of Neanderthal DNA, passed down throughout the generations. By studying which genes modern humans...
1/29/2014 10:00 AM EST

HHMI Investigator Program Launches National Competition

HHMI seeks to appoint up to 25 new biomedical researchers through a national open competition.
1/15/2014 9:35 AM EST

“Undruggable” Mutation Meets Its Match

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) researchers at the University of California, San Francisco have identified and exploited a newfound “Achilles heel” in K-Ras, the most commonly mutated oncogene in human cancers. K-Ras has earned a...
11/14/2013 5:00 PM EST

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