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UF surgeons, research biologists create scale to grade shark bite severity

UF surgeons, research biologists create scale to grade shark bite severity

Published: Jan 28th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Shark attack! These words can send waves of fear through the public and often guarantee prominent coverage in the news media — even if the bite is little more than a scratch.

Gloomy outlook seen for stalled Florida real estate market

Published: Jan 27th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Uncertainty continues to plague Florida’s bleak real estate outlook in the latest University of Florida quarterly survey, with fears that stagnant financial markets, rising unemployment and another round of foreclosures could make things worse in 2010.

UF researchers continue ‘extraordinary measures’ to tackle Pompe disease

UF researchers continue ‘extraordinary measures’ to tackle Pompe disease

Published: Jan 26th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As scientists work to find new treatments for Pompe disease — the devastating genetic “villain” that drives the efforts of the main characters in the new film “Extraordinary Measures” — University of Florida researchers are hopeful that gene therapy will help patients in the late stages of the disease breathe on their own.

UF research finds that ‘killer’ bees haven’t stung U.S. honey production

Published: Jan 26th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In just a few years after Africanized honey bees were introduced to Brazil in 1956, the aggressive bees had dominated and ruined domestic hives throughout South and Central America. According to University of Florida research, however, the same story isn’t playing out in North America.

Florida consumer confidence rises to highest level in more than two years

Published: Jan 26th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s consumer confidence unexpectedly rose in January by five points to 74, possibly a sign of post-holiday relief, according to a new University of Florida survey.

Engineers: New sensor could help treat, combat diabetes, other diseases

Engineers: New sensor could help treat, combat diabetes, other diseases

Published: Jan 21st, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A tiny new sensor could provide fresh, inexpensive diagnosis and treatment methods for people suffering from a variety of diseases.

UF to dedicate 80,000-square-foot Emerging Pathogens Institute facility

Published: Jan 19th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Federal, state and University of Florida officials and scientists will gather Jan. 26 to dedicate the Sunshine State’s first research facility focused on new infectious diseases threatening plants, animals, people and food safety.

Old-time vegetables offer new opportunities to Florida farmers, UF experts say

Published: Jan 19th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Vegetables of yesteryear may offer Florida farmers a brighter tomorrow, say University of Florida experts who’ll be teaching a workshop on commercial production of trendy “heirloom” varieties this weekend.

New study suggests theory for insect colonies as ‘superorganisms’

Published: Jan 19th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A team of researchers including scientists from the University of Florida has shown insect colonies follow some of the same biological “rules” as individuals, a finding that suggests insect societies operate like a single “superorganism” in terms of their physiology and life cycle.

NASA awards University of Florida $870,000 grant to study land use cover change

Published: Jan 13th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers have received an $870,000 grant to study how to better adapt to climate change.