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Partnering with Industry for Better Education in Drug Discovery

Believed to be the first-of-its-kind training, the Johns Hopkins-MedImmune Scholars Program provides students with an opportunity to experience firsthand what is like to work for the pharmaceutical industry. After completing thee program, students can opt to a one-year internship at MedImmune  and gain skills in science writing, project management and clinical operations.

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Taking Away Cancer Cells’ Advantage

Mario Amzel' s team studies the proteins that give cancer cells an advantage over their healthy neighbors. This work could lead to new therapies to block the proteins' action. 

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Haig Kazazian on ‘Jumping Genes’ and Their Relation to Genetic Disease

Haig Kazazian is a professor of pediatrics and molecular biology and genetics. His current research uses next generation DNA sequencing to investigate the role of LINE-1 (L1) genes in human diseases, such as cancer.

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Mapping How Brain Signals Connect to Neurons

Supercomputers helped create an atomic scale map that tracks how chemical signals bind to a neuron in the brain. Results shed light on the dynamic physics of the chemical’s pathway and the speed of nerve cell communications. Learn more.
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Use CRISPR? Read These New Efficiency 'Rules'

Scientists say their new method, which they based on tests with mouse embryos and thousands of human cells, could improve consistency and efficiency of genome editing. Read more.
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From Land-Lover to Speedy Swimmer

Using modern research tools on a 155-million-year-old reptile fossil, scientists report they have filled in some important clues to the evolution of animals that once roamed land and transitioned to life in the water. Learn more.
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What’s in Your Wheat?

Scientists report they have successfully used two separate gene technologies to assemble the most complete genome sequence to date of Triticum aestivum, the most common cultivated species of wheat used to make bread. Read more.
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Instagram That! Images Tell the Story of Science

Images have the power to stir the imagination and convey the beauty and wonder of science. To display such artistry, half a billion people each day use the social network Instagram. Follow JHM.Fundamentals on Instagram by downloading the app on your mobile device. Each week, we’ll feature scientific images contributed by Johns Hopkins researchers. Submit research-related images to Fundamentals@jhmi.edu. Follow us on Instagram