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Comparing the Swab to the Sewer

March 08, 2021

Duke pilot testing effectiveness of campus wastewater sampling to detect SARS-CoV-2, and comparing it to nasal swabs Using established...

Time-Lapse Reveals the Hidden Dance of Roots

February 21, 2021

DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke researchers have been studying something that happens too slowly for our eyes to see. A team in biologist Philip...

BioGrad Alum Edgar Medina Awarded Prestigious HHMI fellowship!

February 23, 2021

HHMI has just announced its 2020 Hanna Gray Fellows to support diversity in biomedical research: Dr. Edgar Medina, a Duke Biology Ph.D., is...

Learning From our Closest Relatives

February 18, 2021

Duke's primate researchers travel the globe to observe wild primates, including the chimpanzees of Gombe who were first studied by Jane...

Tiny Crustacean Redefines Ultra-Fast Movement

February 08, 2021

DURHAM, N.C. -- The world’s most technologically advanced robots would lose in a competition with a tiny crustacean. Just the size of a...

Malaria Threw Human Evolution Into Overdrive on this African Archipelago

January 28, 2021

DURHAM, N.C. -- Malaria is an ancient scourge, but it’s still leaving its mark on the human genome. And now, researchers have uncovered ...

Her Research Path Winds Through a Plant’s Growth

January 08, 2021

The beauty of research is that it allows you to take control of your own path. “We are very lucky to be in the position to decide what we...

Ultra-black fishes on the Smithsonian Magazine!

January 05, 2021

Dr. Sönke Johnsen and PhD student Alex Davis' study on ultra-black deep-sea fishes was highlighted by the Smithsonian Magazine as one of...

Dean Mohamed Noor on The News & Observer!

December 29, 2020

Dr Mohamed Noor, Professor in the Biology Department and Dean of Natural Sciences, was interviewed by the North Carolina journal News...

PRIMATE ORPHANS HAVE IT TOUGH EVEN BEFORE MOTHER DIES

December 22, 2020

Young baboons and other primates born in the last four years of a female’s life have a greater risk of dying young. If they survive their...

Duke Bio Major Named a Schwarzman Scholar, Will Study in Beijing

December 08, 2020

  2020 Schwartzman Scholar Yuexuan Chen BY DUKE TODAY STAFF DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University senior Yuexuan Chen has been named a Schwarzman...

Duke Welcomes Professor Ke Dong, Insect Neurotoxicologist

November 20, 2020

New Duke biology professor Ke Dong is drawn to creeping, crawling, swarming pests that make most people squirm: invincible cockroaches and...

Duke Welcomes Professor Sheng-Yang He, Plant Infectious Disease Expert

November 20, 2020

When Sheng-Yang He walks by a field of wheat, or beans, he doesn’t just see a farm. He sees a battlefield. However, in this conflict, it's...

Three Duke Biology Faculty Listed in "Most Cited" List.

November 20, 2020

Duke’s leading scholars are once again prominently featured on the annual list of “Most Highly Cited Researchers.” Thirty-seven Duke...

A friendly zoom-bombing! The Bio department celebrates Dr. David McClay 48 years inspiring students

November 12, 2020

Forty-eight years. That’s more than twice the average age of your typical Duke undergrad. That is how long Dr. David McClay, an Arthur S....

Collaborative Classwork Reveals 100-Year-Old Secret in Fruit Flies

November 05, 2020

Drosophila, the fruit fly, has been a staple of undergraduate education in Biology for a long time. More and more, however,...

Mantis shrimp will fight to keep their burrows, even if they're not the perfect home

October 30, 2020

Patek lab alum Patrick Green (currently a postdoc at the University of Exeter) and PhD candidate Jacob Harrison just published in Animal...

Dull-Colored Birds Don't See The World Like Colorful Birds Do

October 30, 2020

According to a new Duke University study, the ability to mentally categorize colors is not a universal avian attribute, and dull-colored...

How do Microbes Grow? Turns Out It’s Not How We Think

October 27, 2020

Quantifying how microbes grow is fundamental to areas such as genetics, bioengineering, and food safety. In a collaboration between the...

Female swamp sparrow don't care about male age

October 26, 2020

PhD Student Matthew Zipple, Susan Peters, Bill Searcy (U. Miami), and Steve Nowicki found that female swamp sparrows do not show any...

News Shorts!

October 20, 2020

Check this out!  The Gibert Lab has contributed video of a protist eating a smaller protist to Duke Today.  Euplotus sp. creates...

'Silent' Mutations Gave the Coronavirus an Evolutionary Edge

October 26, 2020

DURHAM, N.C. -- We know that the coronavirus behind the COVID-19 crisis lived harmlessly in bats and other wildlife before it jumped the...

Dong Lab Collaboration Brings Big Results

October 09, 2020

“Salicylic acid (SA) is a plant hormone that is critical for resistance to pathogens.”  So begins a pivotal new study by Xinnian Dong’s lab...

Masa Onishi Finds a Surprise in Cell Division Study

September 30, 2020

Professor Masayuki Onishi has published “Cleavage-furrow formation without F-actin in Chlamydomonas” (PNAS Aug. 4, 2020. 117 (31...

News Shorts!

September 29, 2020

Congratulations to Professor Gustavo Silva! Gustavo's lab has been awarded a 5-year NIH R35 MIRA grant to study the roles of ubiquitin in...

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