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National Evolutionary Synthesis Center launches in Durham, North Carolina
The National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent), in Durham, North Carolina, has launched. The NESCent website is (2004-12-22)

Emory biochemist writes lead essay describing Nobel Prize research on ubiquitin protein
During the 1970s Emory School of Medicine biochemist Keith D. Wilkinson, PhD, was a research fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Irwin Rose, one of three recipients of the 2004 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Dr. Wilkinson was part of the team that discovered the key biological function of the ubiquitin protein, which helps regulate cells by (2004-12-16)

Clemson professor receives award
Barbara Speziale of Clemson University received the 2004 Menzie-Cura Education Award in recognition of her efforts to include environmental issues in the curriculum for high school biology students. (2004-11-15)

MicroRNA study points to novel path for treating diabetes
A study of a recently discovered microRNA gene reveals that its function is to regulate the secretion of insulin in the pancreas. The findings, which for the first time define a biological function for a mammalian microRNA gene, are published in the November 11 issue of Nature. The discovery was made by a team of researchers from Rockefeller University, Lund University (Sweden), New York University, and Oxford University. (2004-11-10)

First Max Planck Partner Institute in China
Max Planck Society and the Chinese Academy of Sciences establish joint institute in the field of theoretical biology. (2004-11-09)

Rikke set to present the Geron Corporation - Samuel Goldstein Distinguished Publication Lecture
The University of Colorado at Boulder's Brad A. Rikke has been chosen by The Gerontological Society of America to receive its 2004 Geron Corporation - Samuel Goldstein Distinguished Publication Award. He is accepting the honor for the selected paper, (2004-11-05)

Oct. 15-17 Bioinformatics meeting in Irvine, Calif.
At this meeting, part of the National Academy of Sciences' Arthur M. Sackler colloquium series, scientists will explore recent advances in bioinformatic theory and experimentation across the biological and medical sciences, as well as technological innovations that will further enable the collection of useful data. (2004-10-13)

Florida Tech earns $50,000 grant to create coral database
Florida Tech faculty have earned a $50,000 grant from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to set up a Coral Database (CoralData) node for the southeast region of the U.S. The team hopes to extend this database to include a national database and ultimately an international coral database. CoralData aims to increase understanding of the distribution and abundance of corals and could eventually provide information required to detect shifting patterns of degradation and recovery at both the local and regional levels. (2004-09-23)

NIGMS funds Center for Quantitative Biology
NIGMS will award $3 million this year and an estimated $14.8 million over 5 years to Princeton's new Center for Quantitative Biology, headed by David Botstein. The center integrates multidisciplinary research and teaching. It will use advanced computational methods to model complex biological systems and will make all data and analysis tools freely available. The effort focuses on three key biological questions: spatial patterning during development, intracellular signaling and transcriptional networks, and virus-host interactions. (2004-08-31)

Clams: They're not just for chowder anymore
An international team of scientists - who credit studying surf clam (Spisula solidissima) cells with important research breakthroughs in the study of diseases such as cancer, premature aging, and muscular dystrophy - has convened at the Marine Biological Laboratory to begin sequencing some of the clam's active genes. (2004-08-24)

Special journal issue furthers exploration of anti-aging claims
Continuing its series of publications and events related to anti-aging treatments, The Gerontological Society of America has released the second and final special section of The Journals of Gerontology: Biological and Medical Sciences (Vol. 59A, No. 7). (2004-08-11)

LSU Vet School receives $9.9 million for infectious disease research
The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine has received a $9.9 million grant to fund the creation of the Center for Experimental Infectious Disease Research. The grant is from the National Center for Research Resources, a division of the National Institutes of Health, and is part of the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence program. The center is an alliance between the Vet School, the LSU College of Basic Sciences, and the Tulane National Primate Research Center. (2004-08-03)

Brookhaven lab biophysicist F. William Studier wins R&D 100 award
F. William Studier, a biophysicist at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, has won a 2004 R&D 100 award for developing a new process that simplifies the production of proteins in the widely used T7 gene expression system. The T7 expression system, developed and patented at Brookhaven Lab in the 1980s and 1990s, is used worldwide by academia and industry to produce specific proteins within bacterial cells. (2004-07-28)

Report outlines vision and recommendations for microbiology in the 21st Century
The future of biological and planetary sciences lies in understanding the role microbes play in shaping this earth and its inhabitants, says a report released today by the American Academy of Microbiology. (2004-07-21)

Article series aims to educate on the truth of anti-aging claims
As part of a summer effort to present peer-reviewed research on the truth of anti-aging medicine, The Gerontological Society of America has released the first of two special sections in The Journals of Gerontology: Biological and Medical Sciences (Vol. 59A, No. 6). (2004-07-08)

Carnegie Mellon computational biologist Russell Schwartz receives prestigious CAREER award
Carnegie Mellon University computational biologist Russell Schwartz has received the National Science Foundation's prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award. The five-year, $838,000 award will support his research on developing computational methods for modeling biological systems at the cellular scale. Specifically, Schwartz plans to develop a computer model of self-assembly within cells. He plans to apply this model to study how viruses assemble inside infected cells. (2004-06-09)

Fostering Diversity in the Sciences Symposium
Increasing participation of underrepresented groups in the environmental and biological sciences is the theme for an upcoming symposium presented by the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS). The symposium is August 12-13, 2004 at Howard University. Panel discussions include: identification, recruitment and retention of minorities at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels. Features include presentations by alumni of the OTS Minority Scholars Program and participants of the Research Experience for Faculty at Minority-Serving Institutions Program (REF). (2004-05-27)

Carnegie Mellon University neurobiologist Justin Crowley receives Searle Scholar Award
Carnegie Mellon University neurobiologist Justin Crowley has been named a 2004 Searle Scholar, one of only 15 exceptional young scientists receiving the award. Crowley, an assistant professor of biological sciences at the Mellon College of Science, will use the three-year, $240,000 award to support his research on the formation of neural circuits in the primary visual cortex, the region of the brain that initially processes visual signals. (2004-05-13)

Fat fighting undermined by over active eating pacemaker
Warwick University researchers have for the first time detailed how specific neurons in the brain control hunger. They have found that these pacemaker nerve cells have such a complex signal processing task that the system could be much more at risk of serious repercussions from a single error than previously thought. Any number of a range of errors could lead to over activity of these pacemaker cells and explain why many people find difficulty in eating less. (2004-05-11)

Biological computer diagnoses cancer and produces drug - in a test tube
The world's smallest computer (around a trillion can fit in a drop of water) might one day go on record again as the tiniest medical kit. Made entirely of biological molecules, this computer was successfully programmed to identify - in a test tube - changes in the balance of molecules in the body that indicate the presence of certain cancers, to diagnose the type of cancer, and to react by producing a drug molecule to fight the cancer cells. (2004-04-28)

Florida Tech researchers win $912,700 grant for cell studies
Researchers were awarded a $912,700 National Institutes of Health grant for four years. The grant period starts May 1, 2004. Dr. Alan C. Leonard, professor of biological sciences, and Dr. Julia Grimwade, associate professor of biological sciences, were awarded the funding, which furthers their efforts to understand the genetic switches that trigger the reproduction of the bacterium Escherichia coli. (2004-04-15)

Breakthrough Clemson research appears in Science
Science reports a discovery by a Clemson University researcher that Eastern Oyster shell growth begins withing immune blood cells, challenging 40 years of marine biomineralization research. (2004-04-09)

Hormone linked to obesity plays positive role in fertility & possibly male arousal
Researchers in the University of Warwick's Department of Biological Sciences have found that a hormone associated with obesity is actually also very active in the male genitals where it plays a key role in male fertility and may even influence the erection response in male sexual arousal. (2004-04-06)

2004 Award for Basic Research in Biological Mineralization goes to Dr. Yoshiro Takano
The 2004 Award for Basic Research in Biological Mineralization will be presented today by the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) to Dr. Yoshiro Takano, Professor in Biostructural Science at the Graduate School of the Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Japan. The award, which recognizes outstanding research that has made significant contributions to the field of biological mineralization, will be presented during the Opening Ceremonies of the IADR's 82nd General Session. (2004-03-10)

FIRST fellowship program proves worthy model for training faculty in biological sciences
The Fellowships in Research and Science Teaching (FIRST) program, a postdoctoral fellowship program that combines training in research and teaching within a five-school Atlanta consortium has successfully launched faculty careers in the biological sciences for 8 of its graduates and is continuing to train 31 current fellows. (2004-02-13)

ASM Biodefense Research Meeting
The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) will host its 2004 Biodefense Research Meeting from March 7-10, 2004 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland. (2004-02-13)

Wright State biologist studies birds to learn how our stomachs convey thoughts of hunger
A research biologist at Wright State University is studying rhythmic cycles in birds to learn if we have a physiological clock in our stomach that determines when we get hungry. (2004-01-06)

Salk News: Institute receives $30 million gift
An anonymous donor has made a $30 million donation to the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, providing the largest single gift in the history of the Institute. (2003-11-18)

PNNL supercomputer achieves full operations
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is home to the United States' fastest operational unclassified supercomputer. PNNL's 11.8 teraflops industry-standard HP Integrity system came to full operating power in late August. (2003-11-04)

Articles on life in tropical island streams published in BioScience
Seven articles published in a special section in the November 2003 issue of BioScience detail recent findings about tropical stream ecosystems and identify emerging themes in research. Such habitats face multiple threats, both from human activity and from natural disturbances. (2003-11-03)

Workshop takes 'systems' view of information processing in organisms
Roughly 75 biologists, computer scientists and other researchers will explore November 4-5 at a workshop on (2003-10-30)

BioScience seeks nominations of beauteous experiments
The monthly journal Bioscience is inviting biologists to name the most beautiful experiments in their field. Experiments that are judged worthy will be the subjects of expert-written essays to be published in BioScience. (2003-10-23)

Interdisciplinary coral bleaching research funded
Dr. Semen Koksal, associate professor of mathematical sciences, has earned the university's first interdisciplinary grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The $97,168 grant will fund her work on the coral bleaching problem, which she will undertake with Dr. Robert van Woesik. A Florida Tech professor of biological sciences, van Woesik is also an internationally recognized authority on coral reefs and coral bleaching. (2003-09-30)

Journal of Gerontology: Biological Sciences to offer forum
The Journal of Gerontology: Biological Sciences will sponsor a scholarly forum open to both members and non-members of The Gerontological Society of America for recent scientific articles to be discussed and debated. (2003-07-29)

Brown and MBL create an alliance for teaching and research
Brown University and the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, Mass., today established a formal institutional affiliation that will support the joint programs of education and research in biology, biomedicine and environmental sciences. (2003-07-16)

Of mice and memory
In a new USC study, experimental compounds that mimic antioxidants delayed memory loss in mice. Researchers hope the drugs will do the same for humans some day. (2003-06-25)

Researchers detect receptor for day/night cycles
It's been something of a mystery to scientists - how are blind mice able to synchronize their biological rhythms to day and night? New research by a team of scientists, including one from the University of Toronto, seems to have uncovered the answer. (2003-06-23)

£5 Million award for pioneering project to train new breed of scientists
The University of Warwick has been awarded £5 Million from EPSRC (Engineering and Physical sciences Research Council) for a new Life-Sciences Doctoral Training Centre set to educate a new breed of scientists. The funds secure 50 student doctoral student projects on a new multidisciplinary programme that will produce a new generation of life science researches armed with an in depth understanding of how mathematics and computer technology can advance their research. (2003-06-18)

HHMI renews postgraduate education support
New grants totaling nearly $3.5 million will continue HHMI support for postgraduate education at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) and the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL). (2003-05-15)

Without enzyme catalyst, slowest known biological reaction takes 1 trillion years
Study led by University of North Carolina scientist reports world's slowest biological reaction in absence of enzyme -- 1 trillion years. Findings highlight catalytic power of enzymes and hold implications for life's beginnings and targeted drug design. (2003-05-05)

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