Watt wanted his lab to develop hepcidin inhibitors so that iron in patients with chronic inflammation could be properly distributed throughout the body. But Watt’s lab first needed a way to measure hepcidin-25 levels in body fluids. An antibody-based test—enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)—can identify a specific protein from a sample, but the test is expensive and time consuming, according to Watt.
Click. Clink. Clack. In one lab, elementary students crushed spinach leaves with mortars and pestles to extract the green chlorophyll; in another lab, high school students stirred precipitates in small beakers.
Dr. R. Graham Cooks presented the ninth annual Reed M. Izatt and James J. Christensen Lecture at BYU with two presentations on mass spectrometry.
Parents pushing strollers, runners donning short shorts, BYU basketball players dressed as Batman, and countless others all gathered at the starting line of the annual Rex Lee Run on March 11, 2017.
Biochemistry graduate student Diana Saavedra won the People’s Choice Award for the 3MT university-wide competition on March 9, 2017, in the BYU Varsity Theatre.