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Photo of four undergraduate students examining oysters.

Can We Have Our Oysters and Eat Them, Too?

Undergraduate researchers study whether harvesting oysters helps or hurts coastal ecosystems. ...
Photo of Hans Paerl and Ph.D. student Joey Crosswell posing in the lab.

What’s Hiding in Our Coastal Waters?

Marine science researchers at UNC have found that estuaries generate natural defenses against the effects of global warming—until a hurricane hits. ...
Photo of Anna Atencio smoothing out a sediment core sample on to two long trays in the Rodriguez lab.

A Lifelong Scientist Finds Her Calling at UNC

Anna Atencio wasn’t planning to come to Carolina—until she learned about the Chancellor’s Science Scholars Program. ...
Portrait of Brian Strahl.

All the Cell’s a Stage

Brian Strahl and his band of biochemists unravel the complicated mysteries of the epigenetic code to find a culprit in cancer development. ...
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Clockworks

Sixteen years after scientists found the genes that control the circadian clock in all cells, the lab of UNC’s Aziz Sancar discovers the mechanisms responsible for keeping our internal clocks in. ...
Photo of Moses Bility in the lab looking at a test tube.

Just Add Liver

A tale of viruses, stem cells, and global health ...
Photo of Flavio Frohlich looking at him computer as graduate student Michael Boyle attaches a head piece to graduate student Kristin Sellers.

Your Brain on Electricity

Something much subtler than ECT could be the new way to treat mental illness. ...
Photo of Spencer Smith working with the microscope that his lab created.

The Two-Photon Future

UNC neuroscientist Spencer Smith creates a new kind of microscope to study the brain like never before. ...
Photo of customers purchasing produce from a vendor at The Durham Farmers' Market.

The Root of the Problem

What is food insecurity? And why is it an issue in an agricultural state like North Carolina? ...
Photo of Gabriel Cummings and Heather Hunt looking of paper and discussing.

Grow your own way

UNC researchers are helping Warren County officials find ways to boost local business without sacrificing their rural quality of life. ...
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The Signal and the Noise

Henrik Dohlman discovered why seemingly identical cells might react differently to the drugs we use to battle diseases. ...
Scan of mice bones showing the level of fat in bone marrow. Far left: femur bones in sedentary mice fed a regular diet. This bone shows a medium amount of bone marrow fat. Second from left: exercising mice fed a regular diet. This shows very little amount of bone marrow fat. Third from left: sedentary mice fed a high-fat diet. This bone shows the highest amount of bone marrow fat. Far right: mice fed a high-fat diet but allowed to exercise. This bone shows a medium amount of bone marrow fat, although slightly higher than the far left bone.

Fat of the Bone

Maya Styner shows how a high-fat diet, exercise, and diabetes medications can change the insides of our bones. ...