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Rice University scientists named AAAS FellowsRice University scientists named AAAS Fellows
Plant biologist Janet Braam, biophysicist José Onuchic to be honored in February
Rice University professors Janet Braam and José Onuchic have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science. (November 20, 2017)


Math gets real in strong, lightweight structuresMath gets real in strong, lightweight structures
Rice researchers use 3-D printers to turn century-old theory into complex schwarzites
Rice University engineers are using 3-D printers to turn structures that have until now existed primarily in theory into strong, light and durable materials with complex, repeating patterns. (November 16, 2017)


Joseph Cohen’s ‘Looking at a flower’ exhibition to open at Rice Nov. 16Joseph Cohen’s ‘Looking at a flower’ exhibition to open at Rice Nov. 16
Following a monthslong Rice Public Art residency in the Weisman research laboratory of Rice University’s Department of Chemistry, Houston-based artist Joseph Cohen will present his findings and resulting artworks in a solo presentation, “Looking at a flower,” at the BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC). (November 13, 2017)


Nanoshells could deliver more chemo with fewer side effectsNanoshells could deliver more chemo with fewer side effects
In vitro study verifies method for remotely triggering release of cancer drugs
Researchers investigating ways to deliver high doses of cancer-killing drugs inside tumors have shown they can use a laser and light-activated gold nanoparticles to remotely trigger the release of approved cancer drugs inside cancer cells in laboratory cultures. (November 8, 2017)


Chromosome organization emerges from 1-D patternsChromosome organization emerges from 1-D patterns
Rice, Baylor College of Medicine use epigenetic marks to predict how DNA folds
The DNA in a human cell is 2 yards long and wraps around millions of bead-like histone proteins to fit inside the cell’s nucleus. Researchers at Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine showed that examining the chemical state of these proteins makes it possible to predict how an entire DNA chromosome will fold. (October 31, 2017)


Nanotube fiber antennas as capable as copperNanotube fiber antennas as capable as copper
Rice University researchers show their flexible fibers work well but weigh much less
Fibers made of carbon nanotubes configured as wireless antennas can be as good as copper antennas but 20 times lighter, according to Rice University researchers. The antennas may offer practical advantages for aerospace applications and wearable electronics where weight and flexibility are factors. (October 23, 2017)


Discovery lights path for Alzheimer’s researchDiscovery lights path for Alzheimer’s research
Rice, Miami researchers identify binding site on amyloid beta peptide, learn to modify its structure
 A probe invented at Rice University that lights up when it binds to a misfolded amyloid beta peptide — the kind suspected of causing Alzheimer’s disease — has identified a specific binding site on the protein that could facilitate better drugs to treat the disease. (October 19, 2017)


Need for speed makes genome editing efficient, if not betterNeed for speed makes genome editing efficient, if not better
Rice scientists’ model may help reveal CRISPR-Cas9 mechanisms
Rice University researchers have developed a computational model to quantify the mechanism by which CRISPR-Cas9 proteins find their genome-editing targets. (October 17, 2017)

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