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Scientists Find Elusive Giant Sulfur-eating, Shelled “Worm”

Apr 17, 2017

A three-foot shelled “worm” that looks like a unicorn’s horn? It just goes to show that the great blue planet we live on still holds some surprises. Naturalist Margo Haygood from the College of Pharmacy at the University of Utah tells the tale of how she and her colleagues came upon the odd ...

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Building a Microscopic Delivery System

Jan 31, 2017

In science, you may never know where your research will take you, and the results might be a surprise. Wesley Sundquist, Ph.D knows this as well as anyone. Dr. Sundquist is a University of Utah Professor of Biochemistry, and his research on how viruses function may hold the key to a new “delivery ...

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Buildup of “Toxic Fat” Metabolite Could Explain Why Some Thin People Are Prone to Diabetes

Nov 9, 2016

For years, scientists have known that someone who is thin could still end up with diabetes. Yet an obese person may be surprisingly healthy. Scott Summers, Ph.D., chair of nutrition and integrative physiology, and Bhagirath Chaurasia, Ph.D., assistant professor at the University of Utah College of ...

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Opportunities and Challenges of Genomic Medicine

Aug 23, 2016

Genome sequencing - reading our complete set of DNA instructions - is a powerful tool for understanding and diagnosing disease, and has become integral to precision medicine, a movement to bring the right treatment to the right person and the right time. Does that mean that everyone should have ...

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Fighting Malaria With Light

Aug 16, 2016

Malaria is one of the deadliest infectious diseases worldwide, and threatens to worsen as the parasites that cause the illness are becoming resistant to current treatments. Paul Sigala, Ph.D., USTAR assistant professor of biochemistry at the University of Utah, is developing an unusual strategy to ...

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Backed by Computer Power, Scientists Are Finding the Causes of Mysterious Diseases

Aug 9, 2016

Some diseases are so rare and unusual that doctors have never seen anything like it. An excruciating journey for both families and doctors, figuring out what’s wrong can take years, if an answer is ever found at all. Using a computer tool developed by Aaron Quinlan, Ph.D., he and his team recently...

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When A Traditional Autopsy Fails, DNA May Have the Answer

Jul 27, 2016

The unexpected death of a child is tragic under any circumstance, but it becomes even more so when the reason why is unknown. Martin Tristani-Firouzi, M.D., a pediatric cardiologist at the University of Utah, leads the Sudden Death in the Young Center which is searching the DNA of the deceased for ...

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