Endeavors Magazine: Winter 2011 issue

Endeavors is a magazine that covers research and creative activity at UNC-Chapel Hill. Read on for stories featuring School of Medicine faculty in the latest issue.

The lightweight trait
People whose bodies react strongly to alcohol are less likely to become alcoholics. A newly discovered gene may explain why.
by Mark Derewicz, featuring the work of Dr. Kirk Wilhelmsen, professor of Genetics

Don’t trust the stick
At-home fertility tests may not be accurate.
by Stephanie Soucheray-Grell, featuring the work of Dr. Anne Steiner, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Delivery refused
A gene therapy trial reveals a new muscular dystrophy mystery.
by Stephanie Soucheray-Grell, featuring the work of Dr. Jude Samulski, director of the Gene Therapy Center

HIV in semen differs from HIV in blood

by Noor White, featuring the work of Dr. Ron Swanstrom, professor of biochemistry and biophysics

A nutrition handbook.
Hungry for the Good Stuff
by Margarite Nathe, featuring Dr. Steven Zeisel, director of UNC's Nutrition Research Institute

Surgery residents practice with pig parts and Hollywood blood.
by Susan Hardy, featuring Dr. Richard Feins, professor of surgery, medical students Matthew Dedmon, Melissa Readio, and Aaron Webel and UNC surgical residents Leora Tesche and Phil Pepple

The Good, the Bad, and the Unknown
There are more bacterial cells in us than human cells. We’re finally finding out how the balance of these bugs affects our health.
by Mark Derewicz, featuring the work of Drs. Balfour Sartor, Brock Miller, Ian Carroll, Yehuda Ringel, Kay Lund, Andrea Azcarate-Peril, Robert Sandler and Matthew Wolfgang