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:
- A large, multi-phase study of teens by Kristen Jacobson and Pan Chen begins to build a blueprint for how to help at risk kids stay out of trouble.
- Andrey Rzhetsky has created a unique genetic map that has the potential to help develop therapies against complex diseases.
From our partner blog UChicago Cancer Conversations:
- William Dale wrote about a new report from the Institute of Medicine detailing the looming crisis in cancer care, as older patients with more complex conditions face a health care system in transition.
Research in the news:
- In a story about concerns over low levels of arsenic in drinking water, the New York Times spoke to Habibul Ahsan about his long-term study of arsenic exposure in Bangladesh. Science Life has covered Ahsan’s research extensively, including the most recent work on how arsenic can damage the lungs.
- Our colleagues at UChicago News covered a new study by biologist Brian Prendergast on how small mammals (adorable Siberian hamsters, to be exact) keep track of seasonal changes through epigenetic changes to DNA expression. Science Life spoke to Prendergast last year about how ultradian rhythms, time cycles of less than 24 hours, affect the hamsters’ reproductive cycles and activity levels.
- And finally, Slate published a long feature on Dana Suskind and her work with Thirty Million Words, a project that teaches parents the importance of spoken language in the home on influencing their children’s early development.