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October 26, 2014
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Testing Water for Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are an important concern for disease prevention in the future. UA doctoral candidate Victoria Obergh is testing Tucson-area wastewater systems to find out where these bacteria can be found. In the lab, Victoria Obergh transfers bacterial DNA samples … Continue reading

September 14, 2014
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Exotische Beute

Neben klimatischen Entwicklungen zählt der Einfluss invasiver Arten aus der Tier- und Pflanzenwelt zu den wichtigsten Ursachen für den globalen Wandel. Dr. Anita Juen untersucht die Auswirkungen der Ankunft eines asiatischen Regenwurms auf Räuber-Beute-Beziehungen in einem der ältesten Wälder der … Continue reading

September 16, 2013
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The final nail in the Jurassic Park coffin

It is hardly possible to talk about fossil insects in amber without the 1993 movie Jurassic Park entering the debate. The idea of recreating dinosaurs by extracting DNA from insects in amber has held the fascination of the public for … Continue reading

February 10, 2013
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Jurassic Park molecules?

Enzymes evolved in the lab hold commercial and scientific promise Whether big, small, slimy, or tall, most animal bodies are symmetric. Except for sea anemones, starfish, sponges, and the like, animals have bilateral, or right-left, symmetry. Us included. The bilateral … Continue reading

January 17, 2013
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Better Way to Understand Plasmid Cloning from AddGene

Medical research has been studying molecular cloning for centuries. While many remember the Scottish lambs as the first successful cloning, there have been countless medical advances since then. Many of them are not as evident or dramatic as Molly the … Continue reading

October 3, 2012
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Duplex-sequencing Method Could Lead to Better Cancer Detection and Treatment

During an ice climbing trip to the Canadian Rockies last Christmas, two young researchers from the University of Washington, Drs. Michael Schmitt and Jesse Salk, talked about a simple but powerful idea to get better results when looking at cancer … Continue reading

September 3, 2011
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Innovation Served on a Napkin: How GTRI Moved a Simple Idea From Inspiration to Fabrication

A ground-breaking innovation, birthed in a sudden flash of insight, is the stuff of legend. Air conditioning, Kevlar, the DNA-replicating process known as PCR (polymerase chain reaction) — each was the product of a Eureka! moment. The list may soon … Continue reading

May 20, 2011
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Kartchner Caverns: A Living Microbe Laboratory

*In the first extensive genetic survey of microbes living in Kartchner Caverns, UA doctoral candidate Marian Ortiz has shown that some of the cave-dwelling microbes may have anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties.* In a hole in the ground, there lives a … Continue reading