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Tiny worm mazes allow researchers to ID genes linked to spatial perception, risk-taking

A chance observation led to a completely new area of behavioral research

March 28, 2017 | By Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service

A chance observation by a newly hired technician led Fred Hutch neurobiologist Dr. Jihong Bai into a completely new area of behavioral research.

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MacGyvering lab equipment

From old bicycle wheels to an in-house metalworking shop, scientists get creative when the research tools they need don’t exist

March 3, 2015 | By Dr. Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service

Basic scientists are often pursuing research so cutting edge that the tools they need haven’t even been invented yet. So they do it themselves, sometime creating their own lab equipment out of a collection of unlikely and disparate parts, just as the TV character Angus MacGyver was famous for doing.

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Mapping uncharted pieces of the human genome

Study sheds light on genomic ‘black holes,’ uncovers DNA information essential for all human life

Feb. 12, 2015 | By Dr. Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service

A new study has shed light on previously unmapped regions of the human genome by revealing the sequences of human centromeres, the middle regions of our chromosome essential for cell division.

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Super drugs for superbugs: Creative ways to combat antibiotic resistance

New discoveries could overcome antibiotic development stalemate, stay ahead of bacteria’s steady march toward drug resistance

Jan. 15, 2015 | By Dr. Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service

New discoveries could overcome antibiotic development stalemate and stay ahead of bacteria’s steady march toward drug resistance.

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‘Outrageous experience’: Researchers recall pioneering experiments on Soviet space station

Drs. Roland Strong and Barry Stoddard were part of the first U.S. group to launch scientific experiments 25 years ago on the Soviet space station

Dec. 18, 2014 | By Susan Keown / Fred Hutch News Service

Twenty-five years ago this month, Barry Stoddard, Roland Strong and their team members working with the U.S. company Payload Systems, Inc., launched the first-ever commercial American cargo up to the Soviet space station Mir, an event that gained global attention.

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The FedEx factor: How handling and storage of patient blood samples can impact cancer research

New study reveals how a seemingly major leukemia discovery turned scientific cautionary tale about how standard blood collection can alter results

Nov. 10, 2014 | By Dr. Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service

Fred Hutch's Drs. Heidi Dvinge and Robert Bradley discovered that abnormalities in a molecule called RNA were not triggered by leukemia, as previously thought, but by the manner in which blood samples from cancer patients were being stored.

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