Networks

Scant Evidence of Power Laws Found in Real-World Networks

Feb. 15, 2018

A paper posted online last month has reignited a debate about one of the oldest, most startling claims in the modern era of network science: the proposition that most complex networks in the real world — from the World Wide Web to interacting proteins in a cell — are “scale-free.”... Read more »
Lichen

When it comes to genes, lichens embrace sharing economy

Feb. 8, 2018

CU Boulder researchers have discovered the first known molecular evidence of obligate symbiosis in lichens, a distinctive co-evolutionary relationship that could shed new light on how and why some multicellular organisms consolidate their genomes in order to co-exist. The new study, which was published online today in the journal Molecular... Read more »
hubert

Arthritis, autoimmune disease discovery could lead to new treatments

Nov. 20, 2017

More than 23.5 million Americans suffer from autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma and lupus, in which an overzealous immune response leads to pain, inflammation, skin disorders and other chronic health problems. The conditions are so common that three of the top five selling drugs in the United States aim... Read more »
Science magazine cover

The possibilities and limits of using data to predict scientific discoveries

Feb. 3, 2017

Amidst the vast and varied ecosystem of modern science, the emerging interdisciplinary field known as the “science of science” is exploring a difficult, but provocative, question: In the age of data science, are future discoveries now predictable? In an article published this week in the journal Science , CU Boulder... Read more »
Orangutans

New broad-spectrum antiviral protein can inhibit HIV, other pathogens in some primates

Jan. 18, 2017

University of Colorado Boulder researchers have discovered that a protein-coding gene called Schlafen11 (SLFN11) may induce a broad-spectrum cellular response against infection by viruses including HIV-1. The new research, which was recently published in the journal PLOS Pathogens , found that SLFN11's antiviral potency is highest in non-human primate species... Read more »
Jens Schmidt

BioFrontiers postdoctoral fellow first Coloradan to receive prestigious award

Jan. 12, 2017

If an anti-aging regimen that involves telomeres – part of the human chromosome – sounds too good to be true, it probably is, says Jens Schmidt, a postdoctoral fellow in the Cech Lab at CU Boulder’s BioFrontiers Institute . “There are all these products out there that say ‘hypercharge your... Read more »