Walking fish, friendly rats, Alzheimer’s, algae and more in this week’s LabBook, our weekly roundup of University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences research news from our blogs, around campus and the internet.
This week on the blog:
- Researchers at UChicago are using advanced computation to understand the symphony of electrical activity in the brain.
- Neil Shubin has discovered well-preserved fossils of an ancient transitional species between fish and the first legged animals showing that its hind legs actually began as enhanced hind fins.
- New findings about a key enzyme in the development of Alzheimer’s could point to new way of targeting an important protein for therapies.
- Rats will help a stranger in distress only if they have had prior social experience with the type of the unfamiliar individual.
- Historical comparison of competition among algae in waters around the Pacific Northwest provides more evidence for increased ocean acidification.
From our partner blog UChicago Cancer Conversations:
- Research by Ralph Weichselbaum and Yang Xin-Fu shows that high-dose radiation therapy can stimulate the immune system to attack cancer cells that escape radiation therapy.
- Andrea King comments in support of the Chicago City Council’s decision to limit the use and sale of e-cigarettes in the city.
Research in the news:
- The Chicago Tribune featured Stephanie Dulawa’s work on a potential new class of fast-acting antidepressants. Science Life spoke to Dulawa about her research last October.
- Neil Shubin’s latest discovery about Tiktaalik roseae was covered by more than 100 outlets, including the New York Times, Boston Globe, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, National Geographic and NPR.
- And Peggy Mason and Inbal Bartal’s study on rat empathy was also covered widely, including the Chicago Tribune and Washington Post.