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

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

August 21, 2014

A newly-discovered species of ant supports a controversial theory of species formation. “Most new species come about in geographic isolation,” said Christian Rabeling, assistant professor of biology at the University of Rochester. “We now have evidence that speciation can take place within a single colony.”

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$2 Million gift to support Alzheimer’s care, research

$2 Million gift to support Alzheimer’s care, research

August 18, 2014

The third professorship that has been endowed in the Fine family name, this is one of 83 new endowed professorships that have been created during The Meliora Challenge.

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$4M NIH grant supports research to prevent sudden cardiac death

$4M NIH grant supports research to prevent sudden cardiac death

August 12, 2014

Cardiologist Arthur J. Moss will lead a five-year analysis of the genetic condition called Long QT Syndrome, type 3. The research focuses on identifying the basic cellular mechanisms involved in the disorder and any overlap with common heart rhythm disorders.

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Researchers awarded $2.1M to study e-cigarettes

Researchers awarded $2.1M to study e-cigarettes

August 7, 2014

The research team is taking a three-pronged approach to the issue, studying the effects of e-cigarettes and other nontraditional tobacco products on humans, in rodents, and on the cellular level.

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Baby aspirin? Many doctors don’t recommend, despite guidelines

Baby aspirin? Many doctors don’t recommend, despite guidelines

August 5, 2014

In a nationwide student, School of Medicine and Dentistry researchers found that a majority of middle-aged men and women eligible to take aspirin to prevent heart attack and stroke do not recall their doctors ever telling them to do so.

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Study shows childbirth complications vary widely at U.S. hospitals

Study shows childbirth complications vary widely at U.S. hospitals

August 4, 2014

Complication rates can vary as much as five-fold among hospitals, prompting researchers to call for the development of a national quality reporting system to improve maternal outcomes.

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Mapping the optimal route between two quantum states

Mapping the optimal route between two quantum states

July 30, 2014

As a quantum state collapses, it will follow a path known as a quantum trajectory. In a new paper featured this week on the cover of Nature, scientists have shown that it is possible to track these quantum trajectories and compare them to a theory, recently developed by University of Rochester physicists, for predicting the most likely path a system will take.

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New mouse model may open autism treatment research avenues

New mouse model may open autism treatment research avenues

July 29, 2014

Chair of Pediatrics Nina Schor followed a hunch about a brain receptor — a hunch that may give researchers a new avenue for testing drugs for autism. “Science doesn’t always travel in a straight line,” Schor said. “Sometimes the importance of a scientific study in one field is what it unexpectedly tells us about another field.”

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

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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Lake sturgeon making a comeback in the Genesee

Lake sturgeon making a comeback in the Genesee

July 18, 2014

Blood-sampling studies led by comparative medicine professor and chair Jeff Wyatt are showing promising signs for the fish, for the once-troubled embayment of the lower Genesee — and, potentially, for the local economy.

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