A revolutionary gene-editing tool has arrived at CU Denver College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in the Molecular Biology lab class of Christopher Phiel, PhD, where students are using CRISPR to edit the genome of a cell. Think of CRISPR (short for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) as very sharp “molecular scissors” that allow researchers to target and precisely edit the genome of any cell in any organism—snipping out a piece of DNA.
Sociology Associate Professor Sarah Horton, PhD, has been studying and publishing research on the complex relationship between immigration policies and healthcare for more than a decade. She spent much of this time in the field with a group of farmworkers getting a first-hand account of their experiences.
As city planners grapple with the fallout of explosive growth, eyeing its effect on everything from housing to highways, Integrative Biology Graduate Student Sarah St. Onge hopes her recently-launched master’s project can make a difference in the future of a vulnerable and often-stealthy metro-area population: the critters that live among us.