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The Coronavirus Might Have Weak Spots. Machine Learning Could Help Find Them.

What makes SARS-CoV-2 so infectious? The answer is in its proteins. Mary Jo Ondrechen and Penny Beuning, professors of chemistry and chemical biology, are using machine learning to investigate these proteins and begin to understand how to slow the spread of the virus.
May 18, 2020
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We Know Exercise Is Good for Your Skin. This Protein Mimics Those Effects in Mice.

Skin cells lose their ability to heal themselves with age. Northeastern biologist Justin Crane is testing how a new treatment to heal wounds in older mice can help researchers understand the mechanisms of healing human skin cells.
January 24, 2020
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Synthetic Squid Can save You from Sunburn

Northeastern’s Camille Martin, a former graduate student, and Leila Deravi, assistant professor of chemistry and chemical biology, are working to recreate a sun-blocking chemical that naturally occurs in cephalopods, a species that includes squid, octopuses, and cuttlefish. 
September 30, 2019
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A Disease You May Not Have Heard of Kills 20,000 People Every Year. He’s Working to Combat It.

Visceral leishmaniasis causes 20,000 deaths every year, yet many people have never even heard of it. Hopefully, the opening of a new research and treatment center at Chemolingot Hospital will change both of those things.
August 12, 2019