baby feet

How skin begins: Study identifies origins, could lead to better grafts

Sept. 13, 2018

CU Boulder researchers have discovered a key mechanism by which skin begins to develop in embryos, shedding light on the genetic roots of birth defects like cleft palate and paving the way for development of more functional skin grafts for burn victims.

CMCI Professor Leysia Palen

Faculty in Focus: Using social media for natural disaster safety

Sept. 13, 2018

Leysia Palen and her students are poring through tweets from the 2017 hurricane season as part of a project designed to make forecast images easier to understand for those in harm's way.

Porter Biosciences under construction in 1971

50 years later, MCDB department still breaking new ground

Sept. 5, 2018

Hundreds will converge on campus this week to celebrate a department credited with redefining what it means to study biology, and putting Boulder on the map as a biotech hub. The anniversary event is open to the public.

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K-12 schools ill-prepared for natural disasters, warns CU professor

Aug. 30, 2018

Many of the nation's primary and secondary schools were built in areas vulnerable to tornadoes, earthquakes, floods or other natural disasters before strict codes and land-use regulations existed.

Blake Leeper sprints around the track at CU Boulder

'Leep' of faith: CU scientists testing world's fastest blade runner

Aug. 24, 2018

Elite sprinter Blake Leeper recently visited CU Boulder for testing that could determine whether he can vie for a spot at the 2020 Olympics. Leeper was born without legs and runs with prosthetic blades.

E. coli

The unexpected upside of E. coli

Aug. 22, 2018

Best known as a pathogen that causes food poisoning or steals nutrients away from its host, E. coli actually plays a critical role in promoting health by producing a compound that helps cells take up iron.

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Risk-taking, antisocial teens 5 times more likely to die young

Aug. 9, 2018

Adolescents with serious conduct and substance use problems are five times more likely to die prematurely than their peers, with roughly one in 20 dying by their 30s, according to new research.


Scientists ID more than 1,200 genes linked to educational attainment

July 23, 2018

An international research team including CU Boulder scientists has identified more than 1,200 genetic variants associated with how much schooling an individual completes.

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Murder rates highest in countries that lack due process

July 16, 2018

Governments that do the best job protecting the rights of the accused have the lowest murder rates, while those that neglect due process have the highest rates.

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Dems, GOP agree more than they think on climate change

July 2, 2018

A majority of Republicans, independents and Democrats said they believed in human-caused climate change and the utility of reducing greenhouse gases.