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Memorial Belltower

Jun 18, 2024

Jeff Yoder Named Professor of Biological Sciences and Executive Director of Genetics and Genomics Academy

Jeff Yoder has been appointed professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and executive director of the Genetics and Genomics Academy, effective August 1. 

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May 14, 2024

Study Explores Role of Epigenetics, Environment in Differing Alzheimer’s Risk Between Black and White Communities

Environmentally caused alterations to genes can affect Alzheimer's risk. 

image shows three diagrams of a life cycle. One is circular and shows multiple offspring; one is circular and shows a sinigle offspring; one is linear and shows multiple offspring

Apr 17, 2024

In Life Cycle Diagrams, Small Changes Make a Big Difference

A new study finds simple changes in life cycle diagrams can improve student understanding of key biology concepts. 

Stonefly

Mar 26, 2024

The Art of Insect Flight

Adrian Smith and artist Xavi Bou collaborate on an insect-based art project. 

Scum-forming bloom of toxic cyanobacteria Microcystis in North Carolina coastal waters

Mar 4, 2024

NC State Receives $6.9 Million From NSF, NIEHS to Fund New Oceans and Human Health Center

The grant will help establish the North Carolina Center for Coastal Algae, People and Environment. 

water drips from faucet

Jan 10, 2024

Nafion byproduct 2 Found in Blood of Well Users Near Fayetteville, N.C.

PFAS detected in well water in Bladen and Cumberland counties. 

Super-resolution imaging of nuclear pore complexes.

Aug 24, 2023

Researchers Sharpen Their Focus on Passages Into the Nucleus

Scientists hope they can build on findings in a new study to understand the role of tiny nuclear pores in cell development and disease. 

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Jun 21, 2023

PFAS Found in Blood of Dogs, Horses Living Near Fayetteville, N.C.

Researchers found PFAS in the blood of pet dogs and horses from Gray’s Creek, N.C. 

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Mar 16, 2023

Forensic Study Sheds Light on the Remains of Infants, Children

The findings will help forensic scientists determine how long a young person’s remains were at a particular location. 

Pie chart reflects the following text: Fewer than three of the 1,000+ pages in a typical biology text book address climate change. Coverage of solutions has declined by 80% in recent decades.

Dec 21, 2022

Climate Impacts Are Increasing; Textbooks Aren’t Keeping Pace

Biology textbooks are failing to share adequate information about climate change, which is a generation-defining topic in the life sciences. 

Nov 11, 2022

Wastewater, Syndromic COVID-19 Surveillance Are Important Pieces of COVID-Monitoring Toolkit

Wastewater and syndromic surveillance monitoring are useful complements to lab-confirmed case surveillance during a pandemic. 

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Oct 24, 2022

Gestational Exposure to Flame Retardant Alters Brain Development in Rats

Exposure in utero to a common flame retardant altered brain development in newborn rats. 

lifelike sculpture of a powerfully built neandertal man with a broad brow, brown hair and beard

Aug 23, 2022

Study of Ancient Skulls Sheds Light on Human Interbreeding With Neandertals

The study supports the hypothesis that much of this interbreeding took place in the region ranging from North Africa to Iraq. 

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Aug 15, 2022

Statistical Tool Finds ‘Gaps’ in DNA Data Sets Shouldn’t Be Ignored

A simple statistical test could help evolutionary biologists avoid bias in analyses. 

M. mbenjii

Apr 12, 2022

Two Sets of Sex Chromosomes Determine More Than Just Sex

Researchers look to an African cichlid to understand the impacts of two sets of sex chromosomes on a species.