How silencing a gene-silencer could lead to new cancer drugs

Sept. 25, 2023

New CU Boulder research reveals how a molecular machine known as PRC2 helps determine which cells become heart cells, versus brain or muscle or skin cells. The findings shed light on how development occurs and could pave the way for novel cancer treatments.

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A reliable cannabis breathalyzer? Possible, but not easy

Sept. 11, 2023

CU Boulder and the National Institute of Standards and Technology are teaming up to help adapt a 90-year-old system for detecting alcohol for a new age of cannabis legalization. A new study suggests it won’t be easy.

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News flash: Opposites don't actually attract

Aug. 31, 2023

A new, sweeping CU Boulder analysis suggests birds of a feather are indeed more likely to flock together, confirming what individual studies have hinted at for decades.

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Why breast cancer survivors don’t take their meds, and what can be done about it

Aug. 28, 2023

Hormone-blocking drugs can be life-saving for breast cancer survivors, reducing risk of recurrence by as much as 50%. Yet many patients stop taking them early or don’t take them as directed. A new CU Boulder study explores why, and what can be done about it.

Highway road sign reads: "Extreme heat. Save power 4-9 p.m. Stay cool."

Heat waves are more dangerous than you think. Here’s why, and how to stay safe

July 20, 2023

Large portions of the U.S., including parts of Colorado, are reeling this month from extreme temperatures. CU expert Colleen Reid, who studies the health impacts from natural disasters, says these events seem to disproportionately hurt communities where people have less access to air conditioning and green space.

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‘The pill’ will soon be available over the counter. The impacts could be sweeping

July 13, 2023

Federal regulators approved the first over-the-counter oral contraceptive. CU Boulder’s Amanda Stevenson says the impacts could be sweeping. But she cautions that real threats to contraceptive access in the U.S. still exist.

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Why new facial-recognition airport screenings are raising concerns

July 11, 2023

At least 25 U.S. airports now use facial recognition software to determine you are who you say you are, but some fear the artificial intelligence systems will exacerbate discrimination. Morgan Klaus Scheuerman, an AI ethicist, explains why people are concerned.

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To prevent the next major wildfire, we need a ‘Smokey Bear for the suburbs’

June 29, 2023

With the Fourth of July approaching and a thick green carpet of fuel covering much of the West after a rainy spring, CU Boulder fire ecologist Jennifer Balch is calling on people to do their part to prevent the next megafire.

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When it comes to treating resistant breast cancer, 2 drugs may be better than 1

June 15, 2023

New research shows that cancer cells can adapt in as little as one to two hours to new drugs called CDK2 inhibitors. The good news: Adding a second, widely available drug disables this workaround, squelching tumor growth.

The HIV virus, a retrovirus, under the microscope

Remnants of ancient virus may fuel ALS in people

June 6, 2023

An ancient, virus-like protein best known for its essential role in placental development may, when over-expressed, fuel ALS—aka Lou Gehrig's disease—and other neurodegenerative diseases, according to new research. The discovery opens the door to a new class of potential treatments.