Health & Science

Associate Professor Yongjie Yang is shown in his lab at Tufts University School of Medicine. He is studying glial brain cells to find new paths for treating fragile X syndrome.
October 22, 2020 Large Image
Focusing on glial brain cells, neuroscientist Yongjie Yang hunts for a new path to treating the genetic disorder

The cause of fragile X syndrome (FXS), the most common inherited intellectual disability, is easy to see in the lab. Under electron microscopy, an...

Cancer cells with fat cells mixed in. Tufts biomedical researchers discover a new way in which fat promotes spread of cancer.
October 21, 2020 Large Image
Tufts biomedical researchers discover a new way in which fat promotes spread of cancer

One in two men and one in three women will be diagnosed with cancer within their lifetimes. Fortunately, there has been significant progress in...

Professor Michael Levin is seen through an aquarium filled with frogs. Levin argues that conducting experiments from home could be a useful complement to university labs during a shut-down.
October 19, 2020 Large Image
Tufts researchers explore the idea of conducting more experiments from home, with benefits for scientists and society

As the COVID-19 pandemic closed university campuses this spring, laboratory research at many institutions—including Tufts—had to ramp down. Unable...

“Our main priority is to study whales and be at the forefront of noninvasive health assessments,” said Alicia Pensarosa, VG18, assistant director at Ocean Alliance. Photo: Ocean Alliance
October 16, 2020 Large Image
Alicia Pensarosa, VG18, puts her MAPP degree to work at Ocean Alliance as a whale researcher and educator

Alicia Pensarosa, VG18, studies whale snot for a living. She’s the assistant director at Ocean Alliance, a nonprofit that protects whales and the...

The cheese microbiome
October 16, 2020 Large Image
Researchers discover that bacteria that ripen cheese respond to the volatile gases produced by cheese fungi