Sawyer Lab

Researchers describe new viral mechanism for balancing alternate host species

April 19, 2018

Sawyer Lab, BioFrontiers Institute, University of Colorado Boulder University of Colorado Boulder researchers studying virus spillover have uncovered a clue explaining why dengue viruses reach high concentrations in humans, but not in primates, their presumed natural source. The work was performed by the lab of Dr. Sara Sawyer at the...

Participants of BizWest's CEO Roundtable on Life Sciences in Boulder are, from left, Misha Plam, Ron Squarer, David Kerr, William Marshall, Chris Shapard, Jennifer Jones, Tin Tin Su, Pawel Fludzinski, Amy Beckley, Tom Cech, Becky Potts, Kyle Lefkoff, Tom Hertzberg, Jonathan Vaught, Marvin Caruthers, Not pictured: Brynmor Reese. BizWest/Jensen Werley.

Boulder’s bioscience industry growing to critical mass

April 18, 2018

After years of companies being sold off or growing and relocating, Boulder’s life-sciences sector is showing signs of reaching critical mass. Companies such as Clovis Oncology Inc. (Nasdaq: CLVS), SomaLogic Inc., Array Biopharma Inc. (Nasdaq: ARRY) and miRagen Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: MGEN) are showing that homegrown businesses can continue to...

L-R: Josh Peifer, Joanne Vozoff, Joe Dragavon

For BioFrontiers and Syncroness collaboration, imaging is everything

March 19, 2018

L-R: Josh Peifer, Joanne Vozoff, Joe Dragavon When Syncroness, a Westminster-based technical product development and engineering firm, needed a highly technical solution to satisfy a client need, it turned to CU Boulder and the BioFrontiers Institute for assistance. The decision paid off, providing access to the BioFrontiers Advanced Light Microscopy...

Sara Sawyer

Sara Sawyer selected for the 2018 Avant-Garde Award for HIV/AIDS Research from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

March 13, 2018

NIH’s awards support groundbreaking approaches to HIV prevention and treatment With diverse proposals focused on everything from natural killer cells to therapeutic vaccines to treat HIV, three recipients have been selected for the 2018 Avant-Garde Award for HIV/AIDS Research from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the...

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New clue in how simian immunodeficiency virus emerged from monkeys to start the HIV-1 pandemic in humans

March 9, 2018

Sawyer Lab, BioFrontiers Institute, University of Colorado Boulder University of Colorado Boulder researchers studying the emergence of viruses from wildlife populations provide a key clue to how simian immunodeficiency virus emerged from monkeys, ultimately starting the HIV-1 pandemic in humans. “These new observations show that differences in the RanBP2 gene...

WWII

Nothing unusual about 'the long peace' since WWII

Feb. 26, 2018

Since the end of World War II, few violent conflicts have erupted between major powers. Scholars have come to call this 73-year period “the long peace.” But is this stretch of relative calm truly unusual in modern human history – and evidence that peace-keeping efforts are working? Or is it...

Joel Kralj

Interview With a Scientist: Joel Kralj, Electromicist

Feb. 19, 2018

Every one of our thoughts, emotions, sensations, and movements arise from changes in the flow of electricity in the brain. Disruptions to the normal flow of electricity within and between cells is a hallmark of many diseases, especially neurological and cardiac diseases. The source of electricity within nerve cells (i.e.,...

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.”...

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...

Dr. Sara Sawyer

Sara Sawyer Receives Richard M. Elliott Memorial Award in Glasgow, Scotland

Jan. 23, 2018

For billions of years, the battle between cells and viruses has been a primary driver of evolution. University of Colorado Boulder researcher Dr. Sara Sawyer has dedicated her career to this relationship, combining methods from virology and molecular evolution to investigate emerging human and animal viruses. Sawyer, an Associate Professor...

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