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Xinwen Zhu

Systems Biology

Boston University

I am a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering at Boston University. My interests are in systems and synthetic biology, and I’m using the social amoeba as a model system to investigate multicellular coordination. Prior to this, I did an undergrad and a MSc at McGill University where I looked at G protein signaling pathways and the (dys)regulation of transcriptional elongation in leukemia.

Xinwen has authored 2 articles

Slime mold and cancer cells "sniff" their way through mazes by breaking down chemical molecules

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Research demonstrates that cells are capable of sensing, and creating, chemical gradients to travel long distances

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Researchers use CRISPR to eliminate HIV in mice, DNA and all

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CRISPR is the latest tool adapted from the microbial world to treat infections

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Bacteria that live in our guts and underground have circadian clocks

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Circadian clocks help our bodies track a daily rhythm, but the reason these bacteria have them remains unclear

In Japan, it is already legal to create human-animal hybrid organisms — should we?

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This research might help patients waiting for donated organs, but it comes with serious ethical considerations

Planting trees is great, but it's not a silver bullet for stopping climate change

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Although new research finds that huge areas of the earth could be reforested, this will not let us off the hook for reducing emissions

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Stem cells can give new life to ovaries and potentially restore fertility

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Stem cells enhanced ovarian function and egg retrieval in patients with premature ovarian insufficiency

Ivana Marisa da Costa Martins

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A new combination of DNA, metal, and light could revolutionize drug discovery

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A new method is cheaper and more environmentally friendly than traditional processes

Teresa Ambrosio

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Unexpected gorilla snacking behaviors make scientists question what we know about early humans

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Gorillas' eating habits don't match their tooth specializations, raising questions about determining early human diets from fossil records

Darcy Shapiro

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Testing drugs on stem cells in petri dishes may revolutionize our understanding of difficult-to-study diseases

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Remember the Ice Bucket Challenge? This is even more exciting for ALS patients.

Carina Seah

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With inspiration from shark skin, redesigned oil tanker hulls could keep the oceans clean

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Safer oil transport through stronger hulls and bio-inspired designs

Patricia Fernandez

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