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biological sciences

A student checks on an ant colony collected from the warming chambers in Duke Forest.

Aug 6, 2015

The Ecology of the Future and the Future of Ecology

NC State biologists are working with underrepresented college students and designing citizen science tools to give middle school students everywhere the chance to be involved in scientific discovery.

Abstract architecture at entrance to NC State University

Jul 12, 2015

Early Lead Exposure Affects Gene Expression Throughout Life

The study, led by NC State biologists, sheds more light on the long-term effects of early lead exposure on DNA and may help to develop therapies to treat or reverse the damage.

Jun 8, 2015

The Butterfly Effect: Insect’s Wings Key to Azalea Pollination

An NC State biologist has found that in the case of the flame azalea, all pollinators are not created equal.

Areal view of deforested patches of forest

May 14, 2015

Shrinking Habitats Have Adverse Effects on World Ecosystems

An extensive study of global habitat fragmentation led by an NC State biologist points to major trouble for a number of the world’s ecosystems and the plants and animals living in them.

Abstract architecture at entrance to NC State University

May 13, 2015

New Project Tackles Genetic Switchboard for DNA

The Genotype-Tissue Expression project aims to explain links between genetic variation and disease.

This image shows a biological expression network analysis of a portion of the "1,000 Genomes" cell lines used for testing the effects of environmental chemicals.

May 1, 2015

Cross-Population Study Links Individuals’ Chemical Sensitivity, Genes

NC State scientists helped lead the first large-scale cell-based screening to test variations in environmental chemical sensitivity across a range of human populations and link those variations to genetic data.

Abstract architecture at entrance to NC State University

Apr 29, 2015

NC State Receives $6.5 Million from NIEHS to Study Effect of Environment on Human Health

The Center for Human Health and the Environment has received a $6.5 million NIEHS grant to investigate the effects of environmental factors on human health.