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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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Researchers create artificial mother-of-pearl using bacteria

Researchers create artificial mother-of-pearl using bacteria

April 18, 2019

Nacre, also known as mother-of-pearl, is an exceptionally tough natural material found in shells and pearls. Rochester biologists have developed an innovative method for creating nacre in the lab—and maybe on the moon.

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Why do new college students need alone time?

Why do new college students need alone time?

April 5, 2019

Spending time alone isn’t necessarily bad, especially for first-year college students. A new study shows that having a positive motivation for seeking solitude can be a predictor for successful adjustment to college life.

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Unraveling the origin story of beer yeast

Unraveling the origin story of beer yeast

April 5, 2019

Saccharomyces cerevisiae, or brewer’s yeast, has been used to make beer for thousands of years. To reconstruct the history of modern ale strains, Rochester biologist Justin Fay and his colleagues sequenced the genome of modern brewer’s yeast.

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‘Optical tweezer’ takes Nobel concept in a new direction

‘Optical tweezer’ takes Nobel concept in a new direction

April 2, 2019

Rochester researchers are trapping nanoparticle-sized silica beads in an “optical tweezer” in a series of experiments that could shed new light on the fundamental properties of lasers.

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6 things you didn’t know about Saint Hildegard of Bingen

6 things you didn’t know about Saint Hildegard of Bingen

March 28, 2019

University musicologist and Hildegard biographer Honey Meconi explores the life of the 12th-century Benedictine nun who created her own language, wrote one of the first musical plays, and wrote books on health and healing.

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Fools who speak truth to power

Fools who speak truth to power

March 27, 2019

Late-night satire may be enjoying a heyday, but fools who speak truth to power are nothing new. In her latest book, professor emerita of history Dorinda Outram looks at how court jesters were much more than just a floppy hat.

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Listening to family stories helps cancer researchers identify gaps in care

Listening to family stories helps cancer researchers identify gaps in care

March 27, 2019

A Wilmot Cancer Institute study of more than 90 families and caregivers looked for common threads about their loved one’s final transition from active treatment to death and dying.

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Can the laws of physics untangle traffic jams, stock markets, and other complex systems?

Can the laws of physics untangle traffic jams, stock markets, and other complex systems?

March 22, 2019

Gourab Ghoshal is using the fundamental laws of physics to untangle the complex systems behind human behavior, urban planning, and social networks.

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Saving the lost text of a Torah scroll

Saving the lost text of a Torah scroll

March 19, 2019

Professor Gregory Heyworth and his digital media students are using different wavelengths of light to reveal illegible text that could create a sacred, tangible link with Jewish congregations lost to the Holocaust.

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