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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.

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.

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