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Roger Cone

Tennessean op-ed: Anti-science legislation offers prospect of a new Scopes trial

Mar. 26, 2012—By Roger Cone, chairman of the department of molecular physiology and biophysics at Vanderbilt, Jon Kaas, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Psychology at Vanderbilt, and Robert Webster, Rose Marie Thomas Chair in Virology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital This opinion piece was published on the Tennessean’s website March 25, 2012. Almost 90 years ago,...

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VUCast: A Taste for the Tea Party?

Jul. 8, 2011—See new Vanderbilt research on who makes up a Tea Party supporter. Plus, learn what hip hop is doing for kid’s health and discover Vanderbilt’s ties to the new X-Men movie!

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Real science in X-Men

Jun. 21, 2011—Here’s another reason to love the X-Men: real science. Listen carefully to the dialogue between Professor Charles Xavier and CIA agent Dr. Moira MacTaggart in the new movie, “X-Men: First Class,” and you’ll hear a reference to the MCR1 gene and auburn hair. MacTaggart: “Do you have a minute?” Professor X: “For a pretty little...

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Mouse study offers clues for childhood obesity

Apr. 13, 2011—An obesity-associated genetic variation makes fatty food more rewarding yet less satisfying, new research in mice suggests.

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New faculty endowed chairs celebrated

Mar. 3, 2011—Ten Vanderbilt University faculty members who have been named to new endowed chairs were recognized for their remarkable achievements and contributions on Feb. 28.

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Mapping obesity circuitry in brain

Feb. 7, 2011—In the battle of the bulge, one important battalion is a set of brain cells expressing the melanocortin-4 receptor (MC4R). Via signals from the fat-derived hormone leptin, these neurons regulate feeding behavior and fat metabolism in an attempt to regulate body weight. But how leptin influences and acts on this brain circuitry is not fully...

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