Welcome to LabBook, our weekly roundup of University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences research news from around campus and the internet. Each Friday, LabBook will recap the week on the blog, with links to news stories about our faculty and their research.
This week on the blog:
- The second episode of our new podcast went live, featruing an unlimited source of antibodies, virus-loaded stem cells and the earliest known member of the most successful group of mammals in history.
- Research by Alexander Chervonsky shows that bacteria living inside our bodies drive gender differences in autoimmune diseases like type 1 diabetes and lupus.
- We spoke to addiction expert Jon Grant about a Pennsylvania hospital’s announcement that it was starting a rehab program for internet addiction.
- We make a lot of decisions that hinge on how much we trust another person, and a specific part of the brain is responsible for processing that reputation.
Research in the news:
- Josiah Zayner, who recently completed a PhD in biophysics at UChicago, was featured in the Verge for his “chromochord,” an odd musical instrument that plays different sounds when he shines LED lights into vials of proteins extracted from oats. Expect to see it at all the hottest biotech/dance clubs this fall.
That’s it for this week, we’ll see you on Monday!