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Posted: May 03, 2013
A new development in Dr. Emily Bates’ migraine research may change the future of migraine medicine and has attracted the attention of national news.
National Public Radio interviewed Dr. Bates for a news slot in its award-winning show, “All Things Considered,” which aired Wednesday, May 1. Local television news stations includingKUTV Channel Two, Fox 13 and ABC4 also covered the story.
With a team of researchers from around the country, Dr. Bates recently determined ...
Posted: Apr 19, 2013
What if we could starve cancer? Dr. Josh Andersen aims to do just that, with his team of eight students and a slew of tumors in petri dishes.
“If we can prevent tumors from using energy, we can basically starve them and the tumors die,” Andersen said.
All cells have a metabolism that uses energy, typically in the form of glucose. But tumors use this energy in a fairly unique way. Andersen’s team hopes ...
Posted: Apr 17, 2013
Terik Daly, a former BYU student in the Department of Geological Sciences, recently received a highly competitive NSF (National Science Foundation) Graduate Research Fellowship as well as the Geological Society of America’s Stephen E. Dwornik Award. Both of these significant awards came as a result of Daly’s research on something very small—dust. Cosmic dust, that is.
Read the full article here.
Posted: Mar 01, 2013
Machines don't always run smoothly--phone calls drop, computers crash and cars stall
A new Brigham Young University study shows the same kinds of problems happen to the molecular machinery within our cells.
Posted: Jan 10, 2013
Dr. Daniel Ess’s new chemical reaction has caused a national reaction among chemists.
Pharmaceutical companies don’t like to use metal catalysts to synthesize their drugs. So when Dr. Ess and a collaboration of professors discovered a way to do a needed reaction without metal, it gained national attention.
“The problem is even if you put a little bit of metal in your reaction, you’re going to spend enormous effort and time cleaning ...
Posted: Nov 16, 2012
On October 26, the Journal of Chromatography A published a special issue in honor of Dr Milton L Lee, a distinguished and respected researcher in the scientific community and at Brigham Young University.
The issue was organized by Lee’s former students and colleagues, and each article included in the issue was written or co-written by someone who worked with and was influenced by Lee. The foreword, written by Doug Raynie, a former graduate student ...
Posted: Nov 14, 2012
The Chemical & Engineering News (C&E News) recently highlighted a paper by collaborators Dr Daniel Ess of BYU and Dr László Kürti of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. The research details the experiment and theory of a new organic reagent that converts aryl boronic acids to primary aromatic amines.
The article was published Oct. 22 in the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS). C&E News referenced it in their Nov. 5 journal ...
Posted: Oct 30, 2012
Cancer-killing chemicals in sea sponges? Sounds too good to be true.
But it’s not. Two years ago, Japanese scientists found a chemical compound inside of deep-sea sponges that helps destroy certain cancer cells.
The compound yaku’amide A is likely produced by bacteria that only grow in a certain type of deep-sea sponge. But it grows in such low quantities that it’s rather impractical to try to harvest. The more practical solution is ...