LabBook January 31, 2014

This week members of the transplant team signed a pledge to maintain proper hand hygiene for the safety of patients. Here, surgeon Christopher Wigfield, MD, signs a banner that will be hung in the hospital to serve as a gentle reminder for the team.

This week members of the transplant team signed a pledge to maintain proper hand hygiene for the safety of patients. Here, surgeon Christopher Wigfield, MD, signs a banner that will be hung in the hospital to serve as a gentle reminder for the team.

Dog domestication, caffeine, fecal transplants 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.

Last two weeks on the blog:

From our partner blog UChicago Cancer Conversations:

Research in the news:

  • Earlier this month, Herbert C. Friedmann, PhD’58, an authority on bacterial enzymes, the biosynthesis of vitamin B12 and the history of biology, and a role model for rigorous and effective teaching, died from injuries sustained in a fall. He was 86 years old. Friedmann, an associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, taught biochemistry to college and graduate students at the University for almost 50 years.
  • The news coverage for Peggy Mason and Inbal Bartal’s recent work showing how rats display empathy toward others of their kind continued, as Yahoo! News and LiveScience featured the study in an op-ed.
  • And in a piece from the Los Angeles Times about a Swiss study showing that ancient fish had the DNA to develop finger-like structures, Neil Shubin spoke about the connections to his recent work on Tiktaalik, the ancient amphibious creature that may have been our first ancestor to walk on land.
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Matt Wood is a senior science writer at the University of Chicago Medicine and nonfiction editor for Another Chicago Magazine.

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