|Shouts and tears of joy filled the scene as 119 fourth-year Stony Brook University School of Medicine students found out where they will launch their medical careers at the school’s Match Day event. Medical schools nationwide hold Match Day each March. Stony Brook students matched to top residency training programs at institutions such as Yale-New Haven Hospital, University of California San Francisco, University of California Los Angeles, Johns Hopkins, Dartmouth, Stanford University, New York University, Mt. Sinai and Stony Brook Medicine. They begin their training in July.|
By inserting an amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)-linked human gene called TDP-43 into fruit flies, researchers at Stony Brook University and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory discovered a potential role for ‘transposons’ in the disease. Transposons, which are also called ‘jumping genes’ because they jump from place to place within DNA, are virus-like entities that fill most of the spaces between genes in an organism. The new research demonstrates that these transposons are no longer effectively inhibited, resulting in a storm of jumping genes, leading to DNA damage accumulation and cell death. The research, published in the current issue of PLOS Genetics , may be a clue to the genetic processes of ALS and the idea that anti-transposon systems may collapse in individuals with ALS.
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Setting the stage for 2017 Global Engineering Field School at the Turkana Basin Institute (TBI) Fotis Sotiropoulos, Dean of Engineering and Applied Sciences, traveled to Kenya to scout out the student experience. While there, he tweeted this image of a fossil elephant tusk at “Collection Area 8B,” sandwiched between two volcanic tuffs dated at 1.5 myr and 1.8 myr. Recent excavations in the area have also uncovered skull fragments of an early human ancestor. For more information about the school, visit the Global Engineering Field School. Photo credit: Fotis Sotiropoulos