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Some Assembly Required: The Ingredients of Life

ISO fellow Dr. Nita Sahai is asking tough Origins questions, and has been rallying people from across disciplinary boundaries to answer them. “Where do we come from?” opens her ISO:Origins Science Scholars talk, “The Origins of Life: From Geochemistry to Biochemistry”, “What is our relationship to nature? To the Earth? To the stars? To animals and plants?” For Sahai and her colleagues, the answers are imbedded in the fundamental physical-chemical interactions that got life going, and the answers lead to predicting the origins of cellular life not just on Earth, but on other planets.

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How the Leopard got his…Microbiome (and Humans can, too)

A vast fraction of study in evolutionary biology has been focused on the evolution and development of outwardly-expressed survival adaptations: spots, horns, bone structures, and more have received much attention. However, ISO fellow Dr. Jameson Voss and his colleagues believe this may be an incomplete picture of evolution of an organism, and are pushing scientists to think beyond the spots and the feathers and include the microbiome in the constellation of factors driving the evolution of life on Earth.

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Icelandic Interlude 2018

Join ISO Director and cosmologist, Dr. Glenn Starkman, for an informative escape to exotic Iceland. Explore the culture of Reykjavik, the Great Geysir, glaciers, magnificent waterfalls and ice-caps, enjoy steamy hot springs, world-class spas, magnificent malls, and art museums by day whilst awaiting one of the most spectacular electromagnetic shows nature has to offer, the Aurora Borealis, by night. Trip 1 (Jan 19-23, 2018) is already sold out. Trip 2 (Jan 26-30, 2018) has limited space remaining. Contact Michelle Miller at 216-368-8745 or mlm231@case.edu to sign up.

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Nanoscience Targets Cancer

ISO Fellow Giuseppe Strangi’s research is making it possible to target individual cancer cells without drugs. He has recently published his new method to manipulate tiny gold beads less than the wavelength of light. His techniques allow him to capture and move these nano beads to position them at will. A...

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Room Temperature Insulin

Iso Fellow Michael Weiss is chair of the Department of Biochemistry at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and professor of medicine in the Endocrine Division.  Dr. Weiss’s research is enhancing the care of patients with diabetes mellitus through the development of novel ultra-stable and receptor-isoform-specific analogs of insulin. These...

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