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Teresa Meng


Scientists are trying to make the algae farming process more cost-efficient by  finding algae proteins that can be used in nutritional products.

Duke scientists making algae biofuel more viable

A Duke University professor was awarded a $5.2 million U.S. Department of Energy grant to explore algae biofuel as viable alternative energy source. The Duke-led Marine Algae Industrialization Consortium, comprised of both universities and energy companies, aims to lower the cost of algae oil.

Scientists are experimenting with organisms in the human body that can have mutually beneficial relationships with bacteria.

Duke scientists treat depression with intestinal worms

You have heard of the old adage: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” But new research could inspire a new saying: “worms a day keeps the doctor away.” Duke scientists are planning clinical trials to investigate whether ingesting helminths, which are intestinal worms, can treat depression and other neurological diseases. Currently, the public is knowledgeable that the community of different types of bacteria living in human bodies, called the microbiome, is important to health.

Teams of students proposed solutions to global medical issues and competed for a $4,000 grand prize in the first Triangle Health Innovation Challenge.

University hosts health hackathon for innovation

This weekend, the first Triangle Health Innovation Challenge (ThInC), a health hackathon, brought together a diverse set of individuals to collaborate and propose innovative solutions for the biggest issues in medicine, from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to diabetes. “Our mission was to foster grassroots innovation in healthcare among students and young professionals in the Triangle,” said Steven Doerstling, UNC ‘17, who is a founder of ThInC. ThInC was inspired by Lina Colucci, a Duke Robertson Scholar ‘08, who is now a Ph.D.

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