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Luyi Cheng

Molecular Biology and Structural Biology

Northwestern University

I’m a biology PhD student at Northwestern University working on understanding RNA structures and how they fold. My main projects focus on studying RNA-based gene regulation systems in bacteria that have applications as antibiotic targets and bio-based water quality sensors. My self-declared side projects include learning and practicing ways to use science communication for more accessible and inclusive science, as well as reading and writing about the policies and impacts of biotechnology.

Luyi has authored 5 articles

A grape virus causes vineyards to lose $60,000 per hectare, and there's no defense against it

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Red blotch disease alters the chemical composition and taste of critical winemaking grapes

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The genes of 600-year-old ginkgo trees are just as active as their teenage counterparts

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Ancient trees reveal the secret to their virtual immortality

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Meet Betty Hay, the scientist who saw how cells grow and limbs regenerate

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Happy birthday to the trailblazing developmental biologist

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Sorry, your houseplants aren't actually purifying your apartment's air

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New research finds that you would need between 10 and 1000 plants per meter squared to gain any real air quality benefits

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Gamers are one-upping nature and computers by designing whole new proteins

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Building elaborate structures from scratch is difficult for computers, but in the hands of a gamer...

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We need to talk about our current global antimicrobial resistance crisis — in a more effective manner

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Antimicrobial resistance has been declared a global health threat, but we're running into barriers when it comes to communication

NIH seeks to enroll one million individuals in genetic counseling to improve health research diversity

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Medical research has had a long history of disproportionately benefiting wealthier countries and white people, rather than ethnic minorities

Open access publishing is gaining steam, and the National Cancer Institute is now on board

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NCI joins Science Europe and the University of California system in making bold moves toward open access

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Miniature brains the size of a pea are sending out brainwaves for the first time

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Are they fetal brains in a jar? No. Should we still be excited and slightly concerned? Yes.

Thiago Arzua

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Pocket-sized DNA sequencers could soon stop food-borne pathogen outbreaks as soon as they start

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With new and improving technology, catching the annual romaine lettuce outbreak could get a lot easier

Bhavya Singh

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Low-tech scientists are using their eyes, ears, and intuition to make important discoveries

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A fancy new satellite? A particle accelerator? Not required

Hannah Thomasy

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Organic food is booming, but it's grinding field laborers into the dirt

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The well-being of organic farmworkers is falling to the wayside as we rapidly increase our consumption of these premium products

Nicholas Karavolias

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