Drug Target Identified for Common Childhood Blood Cancer

In a cover-story report in the journal Cell online, led by senior study investigator and cancer biologist, Iannis Aifantis, PhD, the NYU Langone team describes how they used advanced genetic scanning techniques to identify 6,023 so-called long, non-coding strands of RNA, vital chemical cousins of DNA, that were active in the immune system T cells taken from 15 boys and girls with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia, but not active in the healthy T cells in three young people without the disease. Read more...


Measuring Nurture: NYULMC Study Shows How “Good Mothering” Hardwires Infant Brain

Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have found that the mother’s presence and social interactions — her nurturing role — directly molds the early neural activity and growth of her offsprings’ brain. In the July 21 edition of Current Biology, the NYU Langone team, led by senior study investigator and neurobiologist Regina Sullivan, PhD, showed that the mother’s presence in the nest regulated and controlled electrical signaling in the infant pup’s brain. Read more...