Yalies hunt rare genomes

Yalies want you to help fight rare genetic diseases. The Rare Genomics Instituteaims to give children with rare, or “orphan,” genetic diseases access to the funds and expertise needed to sequence their genomes, which can help them get a diagnosis and treatment. The project uses social media to find donors for patients whose diseases receive […]

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Alumnus wins TED fellowship

Jimmy Lin ’01 is one of 25 winners of the annual TED Fellowship for the organization he founded, Rare Genomics Institute (RGI), TED announced today. Lin started the nonprofit six months ago as a way to help patients with rare diseases pay for expensive genome sequencing and use the results for diagnosis and treatment. To […]

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Fattening mechanism revealed

Part of the chemical machinery behind the obesity epidemic has been exposed. A team of Yale researchers discovered one mechanism responsible for fat cells’ efficient storage and use of food energy. In its Oct. 5 paper in the journal “Cell Biology,” the team identified the process by which the chemical choline allows fat cells to […]

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Stanford prison study turns 40

On Aug. 14, 1971, police in Palo Alto, Calif., arrested 10 undergraduates who were guilty of no crimes. The students were being handcuffed as part of their roles as prisoners in the now-famous Stanford prison experiment, conducted by Philip Zimbardo GRD ’59. The conditions of the experiment, which occurred 40 years ago at Stanford University, […]

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City growth worldwide intensifies sprawl concerns, study finds

Skyscrapers are taking over the world. A new study, co-authored by Yale urban environment professor Karen C. Seto, predicts a major global expansion of urban land over the next two decades. The study, which was published in the Aug. 18 issue of the journal PLosOne, projects that by 2030, cities will gain an amount of […]

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Dinosaurs still alive when asteroid hit, profs prove

Sixty-five million years ago, a giant asteroid collided with Earth. But were dinosaurs around when it hit? A team of Yale scientists led by Tyler Lyson GRD ’12 and Stephen Chester GRD ’12 discovered a fossil last year that provides evidences for the well-known hypothesis that an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs. They found the […]

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Two Yalies win Goldwater

There is once again a spot of Yale blue in this year’s pool of Goldwater winners. Dakota McCoy ’13, a biology major, and Durga Thakral ’12, a molecular biophysics and biochemistry major, were among the 275 winners of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship announced last month. Math major Laure Flapan ’12 received an honorable mention. […]

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Koh talks affordable healthcare

Through strength in numbers, America can fight disease, Howard Koh ’73 MED ’77 said at a talk at Yale-New Haven Hospital on Wednesday. Koh, the assistant secretary for health, gave the 2011 Herbert Goldenring Memorial Lecture in the Fitkin Amphitheater on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. In front of […]

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Comedian Martin ’95 ‘dove in’ Yale

Demetri Martin ’95 once put on a gorilla suit and ran hooting around Spring Fling. Now he gets paid to make jokes and cartoons. The New Haven Advocate recently profiled Martin, revealing a little bit about what he was like as a Yale undergrad. “When I arrived [at Yale], I dove in headfirst,” he told […]

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Book collecting prizes announced

The results of the 2011 Adrian Van Sinderen Book Collecting Prize are in. Austin Shiner ’11 won the Senior Prize, which in addition to supreme bragging rights consists of a $1,000 check. The Sophomore Prize, a $750 check, went to Matthew Dernbach ’13. Second Prize, a $500 check, went to Thomas Burns. The prizewinners’ dinner […]

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New Yale startup links innovators, developers

A new hookup site for Yalies is strictly business. CoderHeap, a startup that connects business innovators with Web developers, was made available to students at Yale and Villanova last Wednesday. Over 80 Yalies have signed up to use the service, which is in its alpha — or initial testing — phase. Businesses seeking to improve […]

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Mental appetite for drugs and food linked, study says

Drug use and eating may be connected in more ways than munchies. Yale’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity released a study Monday that finds that the same brain activity signifies both compulsive eating and drug addiction. The study, led by clinical psychology doctoral student Ashley Gearhardt GRD ’12, showed that food addiction is […]

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