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Advancements in Research

Researchers at Johns Hopkins are constantly advancing science through basic, translational and clinical investigations. Here are highlights of our most current findings.

Fundamentals

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Yeast, Optimized

Back in 2006, an animated discussion over coffee about the possibility of synthesizing the entire yeast genome led two researchers to get to work. Now, just over a decade later, they and collaborators around the globe have succeeded in designing an entire synthetic yeast genome — and have already built six of its chromosomes.

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Science: Out of the Box

Understanding Ubiquitin

Johns Hopkins biophysicist Cynthia Wolberger explains how the small protein ubiquitin regulates many events in the cell, including turning genes off and on.

Epigenetics: A Symphony of Discovery

Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center Director, Bill Nelson, M.D., Ph.D., discusses epigenetics using musicians from the Peabody Institute.

Latest in Research

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Adults with Autism Overcome Childhood Language Challenges

In a small study of adults with autism, researchers showed that some language comprehension challenges that are a hallmark of the disorder in children aren’t a problem in adults. They processed unrelated words as well as adults without the disorder and their brains use distinct learning strategies to do so.

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