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Mutant gut bacteria reverse colon cancer in lab models, UF researchers find

Mutant gut bacteria reverse colon cancer in lab models, UF researchers find

Published: Jun 12th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A mutant form of a meek microbe deals a gutsy blow to colon cancer, University of Florida scientists have discovered. The special bacteria halted abnormal inflammation, reduced precancerous growths and reversed progression of severe cancerous lesions in the large intestines of mice. The findings appear June 11 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

UF veterinarians hope new gene chip will help detect, treat West Nile virus in horses and humans

UF veterinarians hope new gene chip will help detect, treat West Nile virus in horses and humans

Published: Dec 7th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new “gene chip” developed at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine sheds light on brain response in horses infected with West Nile virus and could lead to better ways to diagnose and treat both equines and humans, researchers said.

UF researchers: Single dose of contraceptive vaccine controls fertility in cats for years

Published: Sep 29th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, report that a single dose of an immunocontraceptive vaccine controls fertility over multiple years in adult female cats.

Genetic analysis of costly cattle disease may aid in vaccine development

Genetic analysis of costly cattle disease may aid in vaccine development

Published: Jul 13th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Researchers at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine say proteins common to multiple strains of Anaplasma marginale, a tick-borne pathogen that costs the U.S. cattle industry millions of dollars annually and is even more devastating in developing countries, could hold the key to developing an effective vaccine against the disease.

Dolphins could be ideal model to study human cervical cancer, UF veterinarians say

Dolphins could be ideal model to study human cervical cancer, UF veterinarians say

Published: Feb 18th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — After testing dozens of samples from marine mammals, University of Florida aquatic animal health experts say they have found the ideal model for the study of cervical cancer in people.

House-infesting brown dog tick becoming resistant to common pesticides, UF experts say

House-infesting brown dog tick becoming resistant to common pesticides, UF experts say

Published: Sep 23rd, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It’s bad enough that the Southeast is bedeviled by a tick that doesn’t mind taking up residence inside homes.

Imported aquacultured reef clams found to have foreign disease

Imported aquacultured reef clams found to have foreign disease

Published: Apr 8th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Vividly colorful giant clams officially called tridacnids decorate many an upscale aquarium. But now experts say they boast an exterior beauty that masks an ugly truth: their potential for carrying foreign diseases.

UF toxicology lab to assess effects of pollutants on sharks

Published: Sep 27th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Sending commonly prescribed medications down the drain may be taking a bite out of the environment — at least when it comes to shark habitat, University of Florida veterinary scientists say.

Horse owners can still vaccinate animals against West Nile virus

Published: Nov 15th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Although cooler temperatures have arrived in Florida, horses in the Sunshine State are still at risk for contracting potentially fatal mosquito-borne diseases, such as West Nile virus, University of Florida veterinarians and state officials warn.

Manatee Eyes Could Be Window To Health Status

Published: Jun 21st, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For Florida manatees, the eyes may have it, say University of Florida researchers studying whether the mammals’ unusually thick tear film helps protect against disease and could be used to gauge the endangered sea cows’ ability to fight stress from cold water temperatures.