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Polymerase Pausing: It’s like propping open a molecular door – Recap of talk Dr. Karen Adelman

The Talk: Regulating signaling networks through pausing of RNA polymerase II In Plain English: Cells sometimes keep the RNA-builder enzyme “paused” at the first few base pairs in the gene, which leaves the gene somewhere between “on” and “off”. (It’s kind of like propping a door to avoid getting locked out, except more complicated.) The …

Investigating neural patterns in the younger siblings of autistic children – Recap of talk by Dr. Charles Nelson

The Talk: A Cognitive Neuroscience Approach to the Early Identification of Autism In Plain English: A scientist investigates the patterns of neural wiring in infants whose older siblings have autism The Speaker: Charles Nelson of Boston Children’s Hospital The Sponsor: Simons Center for the Social Brain at MIT What it covered: Dr. Charles “Chuck” Nelson …

How to find a planet that could hold life – Recap of talk by Dr. Sara Seager

The Talk: Exoplanets and the Real Search for Alien Life In Plain English: Astrophysicist on the Search for Planets that Could Harbor Earth-like Life The Speaker: Sara Seager of the MIT Physics Department The Sponsor: MIT Presidential Fellows/Sidney-Pacific Distinguished Lecture Series What it covered: Dr. Sara Seager is an astrophysicist and MacArthur Foundation Fellow who …