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Meliora Weekend—Department of Biology Open House

October 17, 2014

As part of the University’s Meliora Weekend, the Department of Biology invites alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, and visitors to learn about what the department has to offer.

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Less effective DNA repair process takes over as mice age

September 11, 2014

As we and other vertebrates age, our DNA accumulates mutations and becomes rearranged, which may result in a variety of age-related illnesses, including cancers. Biologists Vera Gorbunova and Andrei Seluanov have now discovered one reason for the increasing DNA damage: the primary repair process begins to fail with increasing age and is replaced by one that is less accurate.

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Targeting Cells’ Protein-making Machinery May Stop Harmful Bacteria

September 8, 2014

One challenge in killing off harmful bacteria is that many of them develop a resistance to antibiotics. Researchers at the University of Rochester are targeting the formation of the protein-making machinery in those cells as a possible alternate way to stop the bacteria. And Professor of Biology Gloria Culver has, for the first time, isolated the middle-steps in the process that creates that machinery—called the ribosomes.

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Alternate mechanism of species formation picks up support, thanks to a South American ant

August 21, 2014

Christian Rabeling and his team discovered the parasitic Mycocepurus castrator, an example of a still-controversial theory known as sympatric speciation.

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When temperatures drop, newly-discovered process helps fruit flies cope

July 21, 2014

Rochester biologist Michael Welte and his team made their discovery while studying the internal mechanisms of the egg cell of the fruit fly, known as Drosophila. What keeps the assembly line functioning—based on the new research—is a protein called Klar.

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Protein Anchors Help Keep Embryonic Development 'Just Right'

June 12, 2014

Research from Rochester biologists shows that different types of histone proteins need to exist in specific proportions in order not to damage a fruit fly's DNA—and that any over-produced histones are kept in cellular storage facilities until they are needed.

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Professor of the Year Awards

May 3, 2014

Cheeptip Benyajati receives this year's Professor of the Year Award in the Natural Sciences!

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Biologist Vera Gorbunova to lead 5-year project on longevity

April 23, 2014

University of Rochester Professor of Biology Vera Gorbunova, whose innovative research on DNA repair and the aging process has been internationally recognized, has been awarded a $9.5 million grant from the National Institute on Aging to study longevity.

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Biology Professors Awarded the 2014 Prince Hitachi Prize in Comparative Oncology

February 1, 2014

Vera Gorbunova and Andrei Seluanov recognized for their work and research clarifying the molecular mechanisms of the naked mole rat's cancer resistance.

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Biologist honored with NSF award

January 10, 2014

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Vertebrate of the Year!

December 23, 2013

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Better Protein Creation May Be Secret of Longevity for the World's Longest-Living Rodent

September 30, 2013

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Biologists Identify the Chemical Behind Cancer Resistance in Naked Mole Rats

June 19, 2013

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Students Garner National Summer Research Scholarship

May 17, 2013

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Professor of Biology Vera Gorbunova Receives 2013 Longevity Research Award

February 26, 2013

Organized by the ADPS in partnership with Allianz, France, the award supports scientists in the development of research to better understand the mechanisms of aging, and to find innovative and effective solutions to delay aging.

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Superbugs May Have a Soft Spot, After All

February 26, 2013

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