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Scientists get look at genes’ defensive playbook

Published: Aug 31st, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Using a new method to identify networks of infection-fighting genes, scientists writing in today’s (Aug. 31) online edition of Nature say more than 15 percent of our genes are mobilized to defend against microbial attacks.

Technique helps puts freeze on need for repeat breast surgeries

Published: Aug 31st, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Women with breast cancer who undergo lumpectomy could avoid a return trip to the operating room, thanks to a laboratory test that quickly confirms whether surgeons have removed the entire tumor — before their patients head home, University of Florida physicians report.

Exercise aside, genes may ultimately dictate seniors’ mobility

Published: Aug 10th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Genes can keep elderly people from benefiting equally from exercise, no matter how much effort they expend, according to research findings published in today’s (Aug. 10) Journal of the American Medical Association.

Gene therapy works in mice to prevent blindness that strikes boys

Published: Aug 2nd, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida scientists used a healthy human gene to prevent blindness in mice with a form of an incurable eye disease that strikes boys.