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UF Researcher Tricking Pesky Insects Into Self-Destructing

Published: Jan 30th, 1998

SANFORD — A University of Florida researcher plans to trick swarming cousins of the mosquito into becoming kamikazes.

UF Economists: Consumer Confidence Monthly Gain Nets Five-Year High

Published: Jan 27th, 1998

GAINESVILLE — Florida’s consumer confidence registered its largest monthly gain in the past five years in January, reflecting a post-holiday optimism far beyond expectations, University of Florida economists report.

UF Chemistry Study Could Mean Major Reduction In Polyester Costs

Published: Jan 23rd, 1998

GAINESVILLE — Say polyester and most people conjure up images of flashy leisure suits and trendy discos from the 70s. The truth is, polyester has other applications that are valuable in today’s society, and research designed to educate graduate students in chemistry at the University of Florida could one day be used to make polyester at half the current cost.

UF Researchers Identify Virus That May Cause Epidemic Disease In Sea Turtles

Published: Jan 23rd, 1998

GAINESVILLE—A unique virus genetically related to human herpes viruses could be linked to a serious tumor epidemic threatening the survival of endangered sea turtles worldwide, according to a team of researchers at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and the Marathon-based Turtle Hospital who first identified it.

UF Breakthrough Turns Herbicide Into Fertilizer

Published: Jan 21st, 1998

GAINESVILLE — One plant’s poison may be another plant’s fertilizer. University of Florida researchers reached that conclusion about a new lettuce variety that they genetically engineered.

Test Tube “Babies” Survive Birth and Beyond

Published: Jan 16th, 1998

GAINESVILLE—To catch the latest development in in vitro fertilization, steer your attention to the cattle pen. That sound you hear might be test tubes clinking.

New Florida Automated Weather Network (FAWN) Goes Online Today

Published: Jan 14th, 1998

GAINESVILLE—With a few taps on a computer keyboard, University of Florida scientists today booted up the Florida Automated Weather Network (FAWN), a new agricultural weather data information service that will help warn the state’s $7 billion fruit and vegetable industry about devastating freezes.

New Software Allows Consumers To Try Before Buying On The Web

Published: Jan 9th, 1998

GAINESVILLE — A software building block to help put virtual products on the World Wide Web, where they will look and behave like the real thing, is being released later this month by a team of University of Florida researchers.

UF Researcher: Lesbians Encounter Same Problems As Married Women

Published: Jan 8th, 1998

GAINESVILLE — Lesbian couples face the same problems of domestic violence and unequal division of household chores that married heterosexual women do in their relationships, a new University of Florida study finds.

Harvard and UF Researchers: Immune System Protein May Protect Against Insulin-Dependent Diabetes

Published: Jan 7th, 1998

GAINESVILLE—Researchers at Harvard University and the University of Florida have identified a component of the human immune system that appears to prevent diabetes in a group of people considered highly likely to contract the disease.