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Research Spotlights

Research news from across the Cornell campuses and beyond

  • DNA Double Take

    From biology class to “C.S.I.,” we are told again and again that our genome is at the heart of our identity. Read the sequences in the chromosomes of a single cell, and learn everything about a person’s genetic information — or, as 23andme, a prominent genetic testing company, says on its Web site, “The more you know about your DNA, the more you know about yourself.”

  • Scientists Capture Most Detailed Picture Yet of Key AIDS Protein

    Collaborating scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and Weill Cornell Medical College have determined the first atomic-level structure of the tripartite HIV envelope protein — long considered one of the most difficult targets in structural biology and of great value for medical science's.

  • How to Pick a Graduate Advisor

    A guide for young scientists on how to select a graduate advisor or postdoctoral advisor. Good mentorship is not only pivotal for career success, but it is pivotal for driving innovation and for the health of our universities. Universities need to do much more to teach faculty how to mentor and to ensure mentoring quality.

  • Prof. Adam Siepel ’94 Tracks Evolutionary Changes in Human Genome

    Although large projects such as the human genome project and the Encyclopedia of DNA Elements, also known as ENCODE, have sequenced and catalogued the portions of the human genome that have a known function, only the protein coding regions of the genome have been extensively studied, which make up two percent of the entire genome.

  • TRUSTEE VIEWPOINT: Learning Outside of the Classroom

    The opportunities available to students at Cornell are numerous. First-year and transfer students, in particular, who have not done so already so, should try to join a club, organization or assist a professor in doing research. There are hundreds of ways to get involved on campus.

  • Immune System Research Linked to Obesity

    According to the Center for Disease Control, more than one in every three American adults is obese. Obese individuals are at a greater risk for cancer and other diseases, but the reason for this association has never been determined.