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Karate kicks keep cockroaches from becoming zombies, wasp chow

Oct. 31, 2018—Far from being a weak-willed sap easily paralyzed by the emerald jewel wasp’s sting to the brain, the cockroach can deliver a stunning karate kick that saves its life, biologist Ken Catania has found.

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Why does it take humans so long to mature compared to other animals? Look to your neurons!

Oct. 30, 2018—How long humans and other warm-blooded animals live—and when they reach sexual maturity—may have more to do with neurons in their cortex than body size or mass, according to new research by Associate Professor of Psychology Suzana Herculano-Houzel.

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Two proteins slow down the train of DNA replication in Drosophila

Oct. 29, 2018—This work was the foundation for an NSF grant to interrogate how the Rif1 protein controls DNA replication.

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Vanderbilt engineers to train neural networks and enhance Chattanooga transit system

Oct. 26, 2018—Vanderbilt's Abhishek Dubey and Yuche Chen are helping to build new tools to revolutionize the energy efficiency of transit providers in Chattanooga.

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Reinhart-King receives inaugural BMES Mid-Career Award

Oct. 26, 2018—Cynthia Reinhart-King, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Engineering, is the inaugural recipient of the Biomedical Engineering Society’s Mid-Career Award, which recognizes meritorious achievements and leadership in biomedical engineering and significant involvement and sustained contributions to the BMES.

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Grant to help explore critical issues in Down syndrome

Oct. 26, 2018—A one-year $604,000 grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development will allow researchers to to examine biological and phenotypic markers of Down syndrome.

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Mary Kay Foundation grant to bolster immunotherapy research

Oct. 26, 2018—The grant will allow Charles Caskey to lead research into using ultrasound as an image-guided therapy for drug delivery.

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Grant to help explore critical issues in Down syndrome

Oct. 26, 2018—The grant will allow Kennedy Center researchers to analyze data from VUMC's Synthetic Derivative and BioVU databanks to study biomarkers associated with Down Syndrome.

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Studying cellular deliveries

Oct. 26, 2018—James Patton and colleagues have demonstrated how colon cancer cells transmit genetic data to other cells.

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Probing the pathology of impaired cognition

Oct. 26, 2018—A new link between a support protein within the brain's white matter and known Alzheimer's biomarkers discovered by Angela Jefferson and colleagues bring researchers a step toward earlier and more precise detection of neuropathology underlying cognitive impairment that may lead to new targeted therapies

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Emerge 2018 emerging technologies conference topic is artificial intelligence

Oct. 25, 2018—Emerge 2018 is a free, one-day conference at Vanderbilt on Oct. 27 for students, educators, entrepreneurs and the Nashville community to learn more about artificial intelligence.

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Climate change the likely killer of Australian marsupial lion

Oct. 19, 2018—The extinction of one of Australia’s top predators, the marsupial lion, was likely a result of changing weather patterns and loss of habitat rather than human impacts, a study led by Vanderbilt University paleontologist Larisa DeSantis has found.

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