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:
- New research by Marcus Kronforst shows that only a few genetic changes are needed to spur the evolution of new species.
- Several teams of researchers have learned how breast cancers acquire over time the ability to get by without estrogen.
- In November’s Science Life Podcast, we discuss how new species become new species, prosthetics that can feel, and a potential new class of fast acting antidepressant.
From our partner blog UChicago Cancer Conversations:
- Dr. Uzma Siddiqui writes about the 18th Annual Endoscopic Ultrasonography Live 2013 symposium taking place this weekend at the Center for Care and Discovery.
Research in the news:
- Marcus Kronforst’s evolution research was featured in the Economist, focusing on how the highly adaptable Heliconius genus of butterflies helps scientists who study biodiversity.
- Elizabeth Bernstein from the Wall Street Journal wrote about ways people can fight back feelings of loneliness, featuring research by UChicago psychologist John Cacioppo, who studies how loneliness affects our health and well-being.
- And at the recent Digestive Disease Week conference, Stefano Guandalini, medical director of the UChicago Celiac Disease Center, led a discussion on probiotics, which are becoming increasingly popular with patients despite scant evidence that they do any good. “We have patients rushing out to buy probiotics, but the majority of the products have shown no evidence of benefit,” he said in an article at Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News.