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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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Understanding the Fossil History to Preserve the Present

Meet Siobhán Cooke, assistant professor of functional anatomy and evolution. A spelunking paleontologist in the caves of the Caribbean, she is out to preserve the planet by sharing her understanding of historical extinctions, one fossil at a time. Similar to her pop culture counterpart Indiana Jones, Cooke teaches by day and devotes the rest of her time to paleontological research.

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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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Love Your Beauty Rest? You Can Thank These Brain Cells

Johns Hopkins researchers report the unexpected presence of a type of neuron in the brains of mice that appears to play a central role in promoting sleep by turning ‘off’ wake-promoting neurons. The newly identified brain cells, located in a part of the hypothalamus called the zona incerta, they say, could offer novel drug targets to treat sleep disorders, such as insomnia and narcolepsy, caused by the dysfunction of sleep-regulating neurons.

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