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Robert Cousins, PhD

Genetics Institute member Robert Cousins, Boston Family Professor of Nutrition and director of the Center for Nutritional Studies in the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, was recently named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)....
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Edward Braun, key contributor to groundbreaking bird evolution study

A multi-year project consisting of 400 years of computing time and nine supercomputers has decoded the avian genome, establishing an avian tree of life and revealing the explosion of bird evolution in a time when nearly everything else on earth died out. The asteroid strike that...
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Akito Kawahara, PhD

Butterflies and moths make up one of the most diverse order of insects on earth, the Lepidoptera order, which includes more than 150,000 described species worldwide, and up to five times as many that remain undescribed. Akito Kawahara, a member of the University of Florida...
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Researchers use plants to study treatment for bleeding disorder

For people with hemophilia, any cut can become dangerous as they lack the necessary proteins in their blood, called clotting factors, to stop the wound from bleeding. To treat severe hemophilia, regular injections of these proteins can be used, but up to 30 percent of people with...
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Dean Julie Johnson elected to Institute of Medicine

Julie A. Johnson, dean of the University of Florida College of Pharmacy, has been elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. At its 44th annual meeting Monday at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., the IOM announced 70 new members, including...
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New research explains origins of external genitalia, insight into birth defects

University of Florida researchers have mapped the cellular origins of external genitalia by studying bird embryos, giving scientists insights into the evolution and embryonic development of mammals and other closely related species as well as clues to the origins of genital birth...
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Roger Beachy, renowned scientist and food security expert, to speak at Florida Genetics 2014

Dr. Roger Beachy, the Florida Genetics 2014 Symposium keynote speaker, is the founding executive director of the World Food Center at University of California, Davis. A member of the National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Beachy is internationally known for his groundbreaking...
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Experts discuss genetic impacts on life – plants, animals and our health

From horse colors and dog breeds to type I diabetes and antibiotics, the Florida Genetics 2014 Symposium exhibits the impact of genetics on all living organisms. Now in its 10th year, the symposium showcases discoveries from leading genetics and genomics researchers from the...
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Salamander research looks at regenerative properties, what it means for humans

University of Florida Genetics Institute member, Ed Scott, is working with researchers to study the blood of a salamander that can regenerate lost limbs, regrow its own spinal cord and even dodge cancer. The axolotl salamander’s regenerative properties could hold the answers to...
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Plant researcher and UFGI member leads $1.2 million biodiversity project

Plant researcher and University of Florida Genetics Institute member Pamela Soltis will lead a team of researchers in a $1.2 million project as part of an integrative program to make rapid advances in biodiversity. The National Science Foundation Dimensions of Biodiversity...
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