Congratulations to Jose Alejo with HHMI Award!

University of Minnesota postdoctoral associate Jose L. Alejo (Adamala lab), PhD, has been named a Hanna H. Gray Fellow by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). As one of 15 Fellows announced this month, Alejo will receive mentoring and research funding up to $1.4 million that will span eight years.

Stanley L. Miller Early Career Award

Congratulations to Prof. Engelhart for being announced as the winner of the Stanley L. Miller Early Career Award at the 2017 meeting of the International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life in San Diego, CA!

Congratulations to Marcus Bray and Timothy Lenz!

Co-first authors Marcus Bray and Timothy Lenz, co-principal investigators Glass and Williams, and other COOL team members including Anton Petrov and Jessica Bowman published exciting new findings in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on November 9, 2018. The article was edited by Nobelist Ada Yonath

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Congratulations to Michael Hu!

The Cool center congratulates Michael Hu, who won the 1st Place at the Regional (Cobb/Paulding county) School Science Fair ! Michael's work on Secondary Structure Prediction of the Expansion Segments in the Large Ribosomal Subunit of Eukaryotic Species also received the first place "Top Project Award".

Gallery of Ribosomal Secondary Structures (PLOS paper)

The structure of the ribosomal core is conserved in all living things, while the outer regions are highly variable. Accurate secondary structures are important for understanding ribosomes. Using 3D structures of ribosomes as input, we have corrected traditional secondary structures of rRNAs. We have generated secondary structures for both large subunit (LSU) 23S/28S and small subunit (SSU) 16S

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Evolution of life's operating system revealed in detail

The evolution of the ribosome, a large molecular structure found in the cells of all species, has been revealed in unprecedented detail in a new study.
“The history of the ribosome tells us about the origin of life,” said Loren Williams, a professor in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Georgia Institute of Technology. “We have worked out on a fine level of detail how the

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