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A niche for the eye

Jan 12 2021

KANSAS CITY, MOWhat if the degenerative eye conditions that lead to glaucoma, corneal dystrophy, and cataracts could be detected and treated before vision is impaired? Recent findings from the lab of Investigator Ting Xie, PhD, at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research point to the ciliary body as a key to unlocking this possibility.

Hawley Lab brings silkworms to Stowers

Dec 15 2020

KANSAS CITY, MOThe silkworm, prized for the extremely long single thread of silk that makes up its cocoon, has been domesticated for over 5000 years. Although it has been the long-standing basis of the sericulture or silk farming industry, the silkworm wasn’t often the subject of biological research until the early 1900s. Now, the silkworm is one of the most well-studied lepidopteran model systems worldwide, and a recent arrival at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research.

Doubling down on protein complex modeling

Nov 30 2020

KANSAS CITY, MOResearchers at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research have developed an approach that integrates several technologies to build detailed structural models of protein complexes, which are made up of multiple proteins that assemble and work together to perform a biological function.

Small differences, big impact

Nov 17 2020

A Hox paradigm for studying protein evolution

KANSAS CITY, MOIn a new study, researchers at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research have identified a handful of variations in an amino acid sequence critical for retaining the ancestral function of a gene over the course of 600 million years of evolution.

Rohner, Zanders recognized for research contributions

Nicolas Rohner and Sarah Zanders Photo
Oct 6 2020

KANSAS CITY, MOTwo early-career Stowers investigators were recently recognized for having a significant impact on their fields. Assistant Investigator Nicolas Rohner, PhD, received a prestigious and highly competitive National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s New Innovator Award.

Not your usual fish tale

Sep 4 2020

A comparative study of two fish species offers important clues about vertebrate regeneration

KANSAS CITY, MOWhy do some vertebrate animals like salamanders have the ability to regenerate a wide range of organs and tissues while others, such as most mammals, don’t? Researchers from the Stowers Institute for Medical Research recently found a new piece to the regeneration puzzle.

Stowers researchers supported by multiple mid-year award announcements

Sep 1 2020

KANSAS CITY, MOSeveral lab leaders at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research received award notifications during the past few months.

Survival of the fit-ish

Aug 14 2020

KANSAS CITY, MOIt can be hard to dispute the common adage ‘survival of the fittest’. After all, “most of the genes in the genome are there because they’re doing something good,” says Sarah Zanders, PhD, assistant investigator at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research. But, she says, “others are just there because they’ve figured out a way to be there.”

Scientists use CRISPR to knock down gene messages early in development

Aug 7 2020

KANSAS CITY, MOSince its discovery, scientists have been using the much-lauded gene editing tool CRISPR to alter the DNA of model organisms and uncover the functions of thousands of genes.

Immune system adaptations in cavefish may provide autoimmune disease insight

cave and surface fish image
Jul 20 2020

KANSAS CITY, MOCavefish may not seem like a big deal. They’re small, they live in tucked away places humans rarely go, and they’re common enough that you can find them on every continent except Antarctica. But researchers from the Stowers Institute for Medical Research see them as a potential way to understand more about the rise in autoimmune diseases in humans.

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