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Jianping Wang receives NACTA educator award

University of Florida Genetics Institute faculty member Jianping Wang received a North America Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Educator Award at the June 2016 conference. Wang is an assistant professor in the department of agronomy. “I felt surprised, very excited, and very...
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Brooks Lab: Anhidrosis in horses may have genetic component

Many genetic problems have been identified in horses in last few decades. One of the greatest examples is HYPP, hyperkalemic periodic paralysis, traced back to a single Quarter Horse sire, Impressive. Back in 1992, researchers developed a DNA test capable of identifying horses...
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Social media boosts Klee tomato research program

Researcher Harry Klee has spent the last dozen years working to breed taste back into tomatoes. He thinks grocery store tomatoes taste like “wet cardboard.” Modern breeding strategies haven’t prioritized flavor. It doesn’t much matter what produce tastes like, if it’s a bruised,...
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Soltises receive 2016 Darwin-Wallace Medal

Two University of Florida Genetics Institute faculty members are this year’s recipients of Darwin-Wallace Medal from the Linnean Society of London, considered one of the top international awards given to researchers studying evolutionary biology. Pam Soltis, distinguished...
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Pam Soltis elected to National Academy of Sciences

When Pam Soltis was a little girl, she and her brother talked their dad into mounting an old kitchen countertop to the wall of the basement. They wanted to make a lab bench. Her mother gave her a pillowcase to turn into a lab apron. Soltis lined her rock collection, one-by-one...
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Lab marketing ‘Thermostable, Solvent-Tolerant Biocatalyst for Extreme Conditions’

Julie Maupin-Furlow’s lab is marketing their solvent-tolerant pyrophosphatase for commercial use. The lab discovered the enzyme last fall, and has been working since then to secure a patent for it. The official title is “Thermostable, Solvent-Tolerant Biocatalyst for Extreme...
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Q&A with Lana McMillan

Genetics & Genomics Graduate Student in the lab of Julie Maupin-Furlow, a UFGI faculty member and professor in the department of microbiology and cell science McMillan joined the program in 2012 This interview has been condensed, and edited, for clarity. Why did you choose...
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UFGI big data researcher wins Illumina Go Mini Scientific Challenge

A Mini Cooper will soon be traveling Florida streets and highways as part of the University of Florida HealthStreet community engagement program, collecting bugs and bug “splats” on the bumper for a study of mosquito-borne viruses. The UF study, led by Mattia Prosperi, Ph.D.,...
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Kevin Folta receives 2016 Borlaug CAST Communication Award

After over half-a-year of fending off anti-GMO critics, and even retreating from science communication altogether, Kevin Folta is being recognized by his peers for his science advocacy. Folta is the 2016 recipient of the Borlaug CAST Communication Award. He serves as chairman for...
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Cohn lab discovers ancient origin of genes that make cartilage

The genetic origin of cartilage is much older and found in more kinds of creatures than scientists had previously thought, University of Florida Health researchers have discovered. It turns out that cartilage, long thought to be exclusive to animals that have backbones, isn’t so...
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