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The symposium is sponsored by the Energy Research Initiative (ERI), founded in 2008 to coordinate energy-related research and educational activities at the University.
Blind mole rats and naked mole rats—both subterranean rodents with long life spans—are the only mammals never known to develop cancer. Biology professors Vera Gorbunova and Andrei Seluanov have discovered the separate mechanisms that cause these two species to be cancer-free, and those discoveries could lead to new cancer therapies in humans.
DNA analysis and pathogen testing relies on filtration. These new membrane filters will be about 1,000 times thinner than the sponge-like filters used now, lending themselves to yet smaller, portable instrumentation for use in the field.
Work by a group of graduate students and chemistry professors is advancing what is sometimes considered the “holy grail” of energy science: lowering the cost while increasing the output of sunlight-powered hydrogen-production systems. The solution: nanocrystals and nickel catalysts.
Blind mole rats and naked mole rats—both subterranean rodents with long life spans—are the only mammals never known to develop cancer. Rochester biologists have now determined that the mechanism for fighting off cancer differs between the two.