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Lightning-produced radiation a potential health concern for air travelers

Published: Dec 7th, 2009

Scientists say incidents are likely rare and more research is needed Video GAINESVILLE, Fla. — New information about lightning-emitted X-rays, gamma rays and high-energy electrons during thunderstorms is prompting scientists […]

UF scientists use virus to kill cancer cells while leaving normal cells intact

UF scientists use virus to kill cancer cells while leaving normal cells intact

Published: Dec 3rd, 2009

GAINESVILLE — A virus that in nature infects only rabbits could become a cancer-fighting tool for humans. Myxoma virus kills cancerous blood-precursor cells in human bone marrow while sparing normal blood stem cells, a multidisciplinary team at the University of Florida College of Medicine has found. The findings are now online and will appear in an upcoming issue of the journal Leukemia.

Computer model reveals where food pathogens grow

Computer model reveals where food pathogens grow

Published: Dec 3rd, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — An outbreak of food-related illness, such as E. coli-tainted spinach, often leaves food safety experts scratching their heads over the source of the contamination.

UF researchers take part in DNA sequencing for entire Pacific island

UF researchers take part in DNA sequencing for entire Pacific island

Published: Dec 2nd, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers are collecting marine invertebrates on the French Polynesian island of Moorea as part of a massive effort to inventory the DNA sequence of every living species there.

New forensic technique gives clues about sharks from bite damage

Published: Dec 1st, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Hit-and-run attacks by sharks can be solved with a new technique that identifies the culprits by the unique chomp they put on their victims, according to a University of Florida researcher and shark expert.

Grant to help zoo visitors learn more about science with their cell phones

Published: Nov 30th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Zoo visitors may soon use their cell phones to “Call the Wild” as part of a project led by University of Florida researchers to help the public […]

Highest jobless rate in three decades causes drop in consumer confidence

Published: Nov 24th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s consumer confidence fell three points to 69 in November amid continued concerns over the state’s high unemployment rate, according to a new University of Florida survey.

Floridians plan to spend little more than last year this gift-giving season

Published: Nov 24th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s retailers are in for a repeat of last year’s dismal holiday season, with consumers expecting to spend about the same amount of money on gifts, a new University of Florida survey finds.

Dengue virus returns to Florida after more than 50 years, UF researchers say

Published: Nov 23rd, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida mosquito researchers are watching with a wary eye as dengue virus returns to the state after more than 50 years.

UF’s bird sound recordings to go digital, online with help of grant

UF’s bird sound recordings to go digital, online with help of grant

Published: Nov 23rd, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida ornithologists are preparing to digitize nearly all of UF’s analog bird-sound field recordings, one of the largest collections in the Western Hemisphere with 23,650 cataloged recordings representing about 3,000 species.