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Identifying unexpected causes of climate change

A long time ago, back in the days before air conditioning or paved roads, the Everglades covered roughly a third of Florida. In an effort to control flooding, and expand land for farming crops and grazing cattle, white settlers carved trenches to drain the Everglades into the...
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NPACT: Better understanding the protein coding potential of genomic sequences

Luciano Brocchieri, Genetics Institute faculty member, and postdoctoral student Steve Oden have developed a computational program to help generate more accurate representations of the protein coding potential of genomic sequences. Brocchieri is also an assistant professor in the...
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Stockpiling seeds for the future

              Last September, Heather Rose Kates, Genetics Institute doctoral candidate, went the only place hotter than Gainesville– the desert. She was looking for seeds. After using the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s seed banks for her own...
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Alumni Spotlight: Tamar Carter, finding your passion

While changing majors or career paths is commonplace in undergrad, it seems as if a student would be more certain about their trajectory when approaching graduate school. And Tamar Carter thought she was. She entered her tenure at the University of Florida Genetics Institute...
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Postdoc Larkins receives K01 grant

Receiving the Mentored Research Scientist Development Award was one of the most exciting moments of Christine Larkins’ professional career. Larkins, a research assistant professor in Martin Cohn’s lab in the department of molecular genetics and microbiology, applied for the grant...
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Phenotypic Prediction Workshop brings first overseas speaker

When Patricio Muñoz and Marcio Resende were still just doctoral students, batting around the idea of a workshop focused on phenotype prediction, they never imagined that hundreds of people from around the world might want to participate. “Originally, the idea was to make it local...
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Chen contributes to breakthrough about metal detoxification in plants

With a recent genetic discovery, biologist Sixue Chen and his collaborators may have discovered a way to engineer plants to scrub soils of heavy metal contamination. In May, the Journal of Biological Chemistry published a paper by Chen and his collaborators. Chen is an associate...
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Bloom and Renne host herpesvirus conference

Herpesvirus encompasses more than just what immediately comes to mind. Herpesviruses include chickenpox and infectious mononucleosis. It is also associated with some cancers. This summer, Genetics Institute faculty members David Bloom and Rolf Renne, both professors of molecular...
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Alumni Spotlight: Marcio Resende, entrepreneurship through science

When Marcio Resende looks back to the two years spent simultaneously pursuing his Ph.D. and founding a company, his eyes go wide thinking about how busy that time was. He came to the Genetics Program to do research with Matias Kirst. Both originally hail from Brazil, and shared...
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Cohn, Harfe and Maden host limb conference

                  For every 10,000 babies born in the U.S., around five are born with a congenital limb deficiency, according to the Center for Disease Control. Rather than 10 tiny fingers and toes for their parents to lovingly count...
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