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BYU Chemists Invent Faster and Cheaper Way to Measure Hepcidin

BYU Chemists Invent Faster and Cheaper Way to Measure Hepcidin

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.

Uncovering Pieces of the Universe Puzzle

Uncovering Pieces of the Universe Puzzle

As a PhD student, Moody authored a dissertation exploring the idea that dwarf galaxies might be located in distant cosmic voids across the universe—an area of research that pushes scientists to explore the outer limits of the final frontier.

Hottest Known Planet Published in Nature

Hottest Known Planet Published in Nature

KELT-9b is an exoplanet, but its dayside temp beats most stars in our galaxy — and comes close to our sun’s 10,000 degrees. A paper announcing 9b’s discovery, published this week in top science journal Nature, highlights some of the extreme characteristics of both the planet and its host star, KELT-9.

Another Student Emmy Nom — This Time with Accompanying Wedding Bells

Another Student Emmy Nom — This Time with Accompanying Wedding Bells

Taijitu, the latest BYU animation film to be nominated for a College Television Award (widely referred to as a student Emmy), is primarily a coming-of-age story. A young boy, chosen for an important responsibility that he finds frightening and overwhelming, “needs to realize that there is beauty in growing up and beauty in experiencing new things,” said Emma Gillette, the film’s art director and a recent BYU grad.

Modern Tech Meets Ancient Text

Modern Tech Meets Ancient Text

Computer programs interpret languages like HTML, XML, Java, PHP with no problem. But ancient handwritten text? BYU professor Bill Barrett and his team of undergraduate and graduate students are determined to create a program that will do just that—and to a large degree, they already have.