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UF researchers find mechanism behind zinc’s immune-boosting power

Published: Aug 31st, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Just in time for what federal authorities warn could be an extremely severe flu season, University of Florida research has revealed a fundamental mechanism behind zinc’s immune-boosting power—it ramps up one of the body’s primary lines of defense, white blood cells known as T-cells.

UF scientists construct ‘off switch’ for Parkinson therapy

Published: Aug 28th, 2009

GAINESVILLE — A common antibiotic can function as an “off switch” for a gene therapy being developed for Parkinson’s disease, according to University of Florida researchers writing online in advance of September’s Molecular Therapy.

UF research funding up 2.2 percent to $574 million despite weak economy

Published: Aug 27th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida faculty continue to excel at securing research funding, even in a weak economy. Last year, nearly 2,000 faculty received $574 million in research awards, a 2.2 percent increase over the previous fiscal year.

Good news about housing and stocks lifts Florida’s consumer confidence

Published: Aug 25th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Rising housing prices, stock market gains and the lack of any new setbacks in the national economy boosted Florida’s consumer confidence three points to 70 this month, according to a new University of Florida survey.

ESPN provides Web showcase for SEC universities to focus on academics

Published: Aug 24th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida has joined with the 11 other Southeastern Conference institutions in launching the SEC Academic Network, a Web site designed to promote academic and research endeavors of SEC universities that is being established by the SEC in partnership with ESPN and the member universities.

New grape variety is disease resistant and good to eat, IFAS researcher says

New grape variety is disease resistant and good to eat, IFAS researcher says

Published: Aug 24th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Southern Jewel, the latest grape variety issued by the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, is high-yielding, disease resistant and produces fruit in big bunches.

Gravitational Wave Observatory listens for echoes of universe’s birth

Published: Aug 19th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — An investigation by a major scientific group headed by a University of Florida professor has advanced understanding of the early evolution of the universe.

Study: 1 in 5 drinkers is underage, drinks more and stays later at bar

Published: Aug 19th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As many as one in five alcohol-consuming customers in bars is underage, and underage patrons tend to stay later at night, according to a new University of Florida study.

Recession causes Florida’s population to drop for first time since 1946

Published: Aug 18th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s economic slump has pulled down the state’s population, which declined for the first time since military personnel left the state after the end of World War II, according to the latest preliminary population estimates from the University of Florida.

Scientists link genetic glitches to common childhood cancer

Published: Aug 17th, 2009

GAINESVILLE — A multicenter team of childhood cancer researchers has discovered two genetic variations linked to an increased risk for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, or ALL, the most common childhood cancer in the United States.