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Bats offer clues to treating COVID-19

Bats offer clues to treating COVID-19

July 8, 2020

Bats carry many viruses, including the one behind COVID-19, without becoming ill. University of Rochester biologists are studying the immune system of bats to find potential ways to “mimic” that system in humans.

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Teaching a large lab class—virtually

Teaching a large lab class—virtually

May 1, 2020

Biology professors Dragony Fu and Alexis Stein have creatively adapted a 250-plus-student class—with a lab—to a virtual environment.

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COVID-19: What’s RNA research got to do with it?

COVID-19: What’s RNA research got to do with it?

April 28, 2020

RNA research at the University of Rochester provides an important foundation for developing antiviral drugs, vaccines, and other therapeutics to disrupt the global spread of coronavirus.

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Six Rochester graduate students offered National Institutes of Health fellowship grants

Six Rochester graduate students offered National Institutes of Health fellowship grants

November 14, 2019

Five graduate students from the University of Rochester Medical Center and one from the School of Arts and Sciences have been offered National Institutes of Health F31 fellowship grants to support their health-related research.

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Science meets art

Science meets art

November 4, 2019

Artist Allison Newsome recently approached Anne S. Meyer, an associate professor of biology, about incorporating Meyer’s sustainable, artificial nacre materials into a new art piece. The artificial nacre produced in her lab mimics natural nacre, also known as mother-of-pearl.

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Understanding an endangered species, bird by bird

Understanding an endangered species, bird by bird

September 26, 2019

Rochester biologist Nancy Chen is mapping the evolutionary forces affecting an endangered species of Florida birds, and raising fundamental questions about how and why species go extinct.

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Sina Ghaemmaghami named new director of undergraduate research

Sina Ghaemmaghami named new director of undergraduate research

August 28, 2019

Sina Ghaemmaghami, an associate professor of biology who joined the University of Rochester in 2012, has been appointed the director of undergraduate research.

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Virus genes help determine if pea aphids get their wings

Virus genes help determine if pea aphids get their wings

June 14, 2019

The findings shed light on the important role that microbial genes, like those from viruses, can play in insect and animal evolution.

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Researchers sequence the genome’s elusive centromere

Researchers sequence the genome’s elusive centromere

May 14, 2019

Rochester biologist Amanda Larracuente and her colleagues have successfully sequenced one of the most repetitive parts of fruit fly genome, unlocking one of the “last frontiers of genome assembly.”

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‘Longevity gene’ responsible for more efficient DNA repair

‘Longevity gene’ responsible for more efficient DNA repair

April 19, 2019

Rochester researchers have uncovered more evidence that the key to the “Fountain of Youth” may reside in a gene that is found to produce more potent proteins in species with longer lifespans.

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