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Consumer confidence unchanged among Floridians in December

Published: Dec 28th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s consumer confidence this month remained unchanged from November’s mark of 71, but there was significant movement among the five components that comprised the index, according to a new University of Florida survey.

Strawberry genome-sequence will lead to better fruit for consumers

Strawberry genome-sequence will lead to better fruit for consumers

Published: Dec 26th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — An international team of scientists led by the University of Florida and Virginia Tech is the first to publish the DNA sequence for the strawberry — a development expected to yield tastier, hardier varieties of the berry and other crops in its family.

Discovery by UF geologist rekindles debate on origins of multi-cellular life

Published: Dec 22nd, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A recent discovery by a University of Florida geologist may lend support to the theory that one of the defining moments of evolution may not have occurred as currently thought.

UF hepatologists test chemotherapy pill in patients with advanced liver cancer, cirrhosis

UF hepatologists test chemotherapy pill in patients with advanced liver cancer, cirrhosis

Published: Dec 21st, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Hepatologists at the University of Florida have begun a new clinical trial in search of a better way to treat patients who have advanced, inoperable primary liver cancer but have trouble tolerating standard doses of the only drug available to help them.

Scientists ID key protein that links dietary restriction with healthy hearing, aging

Scientists ID key protein that links dietary restriction with healthy hearing, aging

Published: Dec 16th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Restricting calories extends life and slows a range of age-related disorders in mice, rats and other organisms. But even after eight decades of research on the subject, scientists are still unclear just how caloric restriction exerts its age-battling influence.

UF experts seek to improve data on food-borne illnesses

Published: Dec 15th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two new reports question the accuracy of federal food-borne illness reports and recommend systemic changes to the country’s food safety system, according to University of Florida experts who were involved in the studies.

UF’s new interdisciplinary center will boost early childhood learning

Published: Dec 14th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The growing movement to provide high-quality, early learning experiences for Florida’s youngest children received a major boost today when the University of Florida announced the creation of an interdisciplinary Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies.

UF study provides new insight into origin, evolution of flowering plants

Published: Dec 13th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Flowering plants have evolved at explosive rates throughout history, yet scientists since Charles Darwin have been faced with the great biological mystery of how they originated.

Rose fragrance no influence on vase life, UF researchers find

Published: Dec 13th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Connoisseurs of cut roses often believe that the most fragrant blossoms are also the quickest to wilt, but a new University of Florida study disproves that notion and indicates breeders can develop varieties that smell great and last long.

Climate change may be increasing toxins poisoning Caribbean fish

Published: Dec 10th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Global climate change may contribute to an increase in toxins that poison Caribbean fish and the people who eat the seafood, according to experts meeting this week in the Virgin Islands.