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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.

Persistent DNA damage in the placenta affects pregnancy outcomes

Jun 16 2020

KANSAS CITY, MOScientists at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research have shown that a dysfunctional placenta can play a previously unrecognized role during the earliest stages of development in mouse models of Cornelia de Lange syndrome. People with this rare genetic disorder often harbor mutations in cohesins, ring-like proteins that help DNA organize and repair itself.

Joan W. Conaway elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Apr 27 2020

KANSAS CITY, MOThe Stowers Institute for Medical Research is pleased to announce that Joan Weliky Conaway, PhD, a Stowers Investigator since 2001, has been elected a member of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for her distinguished and continuing achievements in original scientific research. The recognition reflects the exceptional productivity and impact of the research program co-led by Conaway and her lifelong collaborator and husband Ron Conaway, PhD.

What’s old is new again

Apr 20 2020

Researchers repurpose classic chemotherapy drug to overcome cancer therapy resistance

Technologies converge on interacting surfaces in protein complexes

Apr 14 2020

KANSAS CITY, MOResearchers at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research have fine-tuned a method to pinpoint surfaces within large multi-protein complexes that are close to, and likely to be directly interacting with, one another.

First quarter 2020 awards acknowledge research efforts

Apr 6 2020

KANSAS CITY, MOThe first quarter of 2020 at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research brought funding news at all levels, with an investigator, a postdoctoral researcher, and a predoctoral researcher receiving awards.

How the historically misunderstood amyloid helps to store memories

Mar 13 2020

KANSAS CITY, MOFor the first time, scientists from the Stowers Institute for Medical Research and collaborators have described the structure of an endogenously sourced, functioning neuronal amyloid at atomic resolution. The amyloid is composed of self-aggregated Orb2, the fruit fly version of the mRNA-binding cytoplasmic polyadenylation element-binding (CPEB) protein, which has been linked to long-term memory storage.

Charles German named co-general counsel of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research

Mar 12 2020

KANSAS CITY, MORichard Brown, chair, president, and chief executive officer of Stowers Resource Management, announced today that Charles German has joined the Stowers Group of Companies as co-general counsel. German and current Co-General Counsel David Welte will work closely together on a successful transition during the remainder of the year.

Hybrid microscopes increase versatility and enhance collaboration for researchers at Stowers

Mar 3 2020

Two innovative microscopes offering versatility and a streamlined user experience were installed at the Stowers Institute recently. Currently located in the Yu Lab and the Tissue Culture Lab, these microscopes are hybrids, able to easily switch from an upright configuration, typically used for viewing glass slides, to an inverted configuration for viewing specimen dishes.

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