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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.

Zeroing in on how a tumor suppressor protein is cast away

Oct 23 2019

KANSAS CITY, MOResearchers from the Stowers Institute for Medical Research have uncovered new details about several proteins implicated in tumor growth and metastasis, opening a potential avenue for the development of treatments for diseases such as breast cancer.

X marks the spot: recombination in structurally distinct chromosomes

Oct 16 2019

KANSAS CITY, MOTwo years ago, scientists from the Stowers Institute for Medical Research reported the 3D structure of the synaptonemal complex in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. This large protein complex is a critical player in the segregation of chromosomes during meiosis, a process of cell division that gives rise to reproductive cells. The synaptonemal complex functions in humans and sexually reproducing animals toward achieving normal, healthy pregnancies.

Size matters: how cells pack in epithelial tissues

Sep 5 2019

KANSAS CITY, MOSmall-cell clones in proliferating epithelia – tissues that line all body surfaces – organize very differently than their normal-sized counterparts, according to a recent study from the Stowers Institute for Medical Research.

EMBO Laboratory Leadership training offered at the Stowers Institute

Aug 19 2019

KANSAS CITY, MOThis October, the Stowers Institute for Medical Research will host a session of the EMBO Laboratory Leadership for Group Leaders Course at its campus in Kansas City, Missouri. Through an agreement with the European Molecular Biology Organization’s non-profit training provider, EMBO Solutions GmbH, the Stowers Institute will serve as a training site for qualified scientists from any eligible institution.

Looking to small worms for big answers

Aug 16 2019

KANSAS CITY, MOAnimals come in all shapes and sizes, as do their tissues and organs. Studying tiny flatworms has helped researchers at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research uncover some of the biological mechanisms that underlie the size, patterning, and function of tissues and organisms.

New osteoporosis advance rooted in Stowers research

Jul 8 2019

KANSAS CITY, MOPioneering research from the laboratory of Stowers Investigator Robb Krumlauf, PhD, helped lay the groundwork for a new approach to treating osteoporosis — an often-debilitating disease that affects millions of people worldwide.

Super-resolution microscopy illuminates associations between chromosomes

Jul 3 2019

KANSAS CITY, MOThanks to super-resolution microscopy, scientists have now been able to unambiguously identify physical associations between human chromosomes. The findings have brought to light a new understanding to a curious observation first made more than 50 years ago.


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