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  • Magnetic Pull

    Receipt of seven-ton Tesla will expand regional life science opportunities

    The Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) recently took delivery of a $3.2 million, 7.3-ton, 3-Tesla magnet and related equipment for use in its Human Magnetic Resonance (MR) Center in the Life... More

  • What Makes Us Human?

    Powerful new DNA sequencers help in the quest for answers

    Human DNA—the genetic material that defines so many of our characteristics—is remarkably similar to DNA of great apes, such as chimpanzees and gorillas. So what distinguishes us from our closest... More

  • Ready for Prime Time

    A new director and state-of-the-art home are moving the Institute for Applied Life Sciences forward

    Peter Reinhart’s professional life has been evenly split between academia and industry. He began as a tenured professsor at Duke University Medical Center. He moved on to leadership positions in the... More

  • Why Do We Sleep?

    Rebecca Spencer investigates the cognitive function of sleep and its impact on health and behavior

    It’s time to challenge our assumptions about the function of sleep. Long thought to be a way for muscle and bone to get much needed rest, there is mounting evidence that the brain, and its many... More