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Easy Money? A Scientist’s Experience with Crowdfunding

Jan 20, 2015

Experiment.com and petridish.org are websites that host crowdfunding campaigns designed to raise money for scientific research from large numbers of people. It sounds like a great idea, but does it work? Shelley Minteer, Ph.D., professor of chemistry at the University of Utah talks about her ...

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Speeding Up Discovery of Treatments for Rare Diseases

Dec 19, 2014

Recursion Pharmaceuticals has developed a new method of drug discovery that they claim will lead to 100 new treatments for hard-to-treat rare genetic diseases within 10 years. Christopher Gibson, Ph.D., CEO of Recursion, explains the technology that allows them to rapidly screen through hundreds of ...

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DNA Documents 40 Million-Year Battle For Survival Between Primate and Pathogen

Dec 11, 2014

Examination of DNA from 21 primate species – from squirrel monkeys to humans – exposes an evolutionary war against infectious bacteria over iron that circulates in the blood. Published in Science, these findings demonstrate the vital importance of an underappreciated defense mechanism, ...

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Science Insider: Bam.Iobio App Puts Sequence Alignment Inspection in the Hands of Researchers

Nov 25, 2014

Bam.iobio is the first app of its kind that allows scientists to analyze genome sequence data on their web browser, interactively, and in real-time, without having to rely on terabytes of storage and vast sources of computing power. The resource, developed by a team led by Gabor Marth, DSc, ...

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Searching Ocean Life for New Medicines

Nov 21, 2014

The tropical waters of the Pacific Ocean are one of the richest sources of biodiversity on Earth. It not only teems with life, but also with extraordinary chemical compounds not found on land. Eric Schmidt, Ph.D., professor of medicinal chemistry at the University of Utah, searches marine organisms ...

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Mice With MS-Like Condition Walk After Human Stem Cell Treatment

May 15, 2014

Mice severely disabled by a condition similar to multiple sclerosis (MS) could walk within two weeks following treatment with human stem cells. The study was co-led by University of Utah professor of pathology Dr. Tom Lane, and was published online on May 15 in the journal Stem Cell Reports. Dr. ...

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Seeding a Genetic Engineering Revolution

Apr 18, 2014

Curing diseases, and feeding the hungry are just a few applications of a gene targeting technology that was developed by Dr. Dana Carroll, Professor of Biochemistry. He discusses how he brought the technology to where it is today, and his hopes for where it will lead. In honor of his achievements, ...

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