Why voters elect authoritarians: Q&A with political scientist Milan Svolik

May 3, 2017
When democracies fail, they often do so gradually at the hands of elected leaders who enjoy robust support from voters, according to Milan Svolik, associate professor of political science at Yale. 

Study of blood vessel growth may open new pathway to therapies

May 3, 2017
A new Yale-led study detailing how blood vessels develop could lead to novel treatments of cardiovascular diseases as well as cancer.

Genetic basis of some cases of Tourette’s disorder discovered

May 3, 2017
Researchers have discovered four genes that are associated with a higher risk of developing Tourette’s disorder, although variants in as many as 400 genes contribute to the origins of the complex neurological condition, which is marked by motor and vocal tics. A consortium of researchers from multiple institutions analyzed the protein-coding genes of more than 500 Tourette patients and unaffected parents and published the results May 3 in the journal Neuron

Chest physicians split on pros and cons of e-cigarettes

April 28, 2017
Patients are asking their chest physicians about using e-cigarettes to quit smoking, but those physicians are divided about whether the products do more harm than good, according to a Yale-led study. The finding demonstrates the need for more research on e-cigarettes that will help physicians counsel their patients who smoke.

Message from President Salovey about federal research funding

April 21, 2017
President Peter Salovey sent the following message to the Yale community on April 21: As scientists gather this weekend to increase awareness of the value of science in improving lives and spurring economic growth, I write to express my support for scientists and scholars working at Yale, in the United States, and around the world. …

Yale experts offer thoughts on ‘Science Under Siege’

April 21, 2017
As thousands of scientists around the world prepared for the April 22 March for Science, a trio of top Yale professors shared their views in a Poynter Fellowship symposium on truth, trust, and science in the modern age.

‘Genetic scalpel’ can manipulate the microbiome, Yale study shows

April 20, 2017
The gut microbiome is crucial to health, encompassing bacterial communities that possess a hundred times more genes than the human genome. Its complexity has hampered investigation of possible roles of the microbiome in a host of maladies, including infectious and autoimmune diseases, obesity, and even behavioral disorders.