Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis recently received a great deal of life science research funding for leukemia research. The National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), gave the university two grants totaling $26 million. The money will be given to leukemia researchers and physicians at Siteman Cancer Center at the Washington University School of Medicine, according to St. Louis American Local News.
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One of the current trends in life science research is to find the microbes behind the processes and phenomenon with which we’re already familiar. Once we understand the role that bacteria play, we can replicate, enhance, or halt their methods as we need to. Such is the case at the Washington University at St. Louis, where bioresearchers are better understanding the microbes in our intestines in order to take a stab at obesity.
Physical adaptation is usually thought of as a very slow process. It might take a species of bird several generations to evolve a beak suited for eating fruit compared to, say, pecking wood. This change would involve the death of several birds with “incorrect” sets of genes and the survival of one type of bird with a “correct” set of genes. But what if a creature had a huge library of genes, so that they might bypass natural selection by simply expressing the right genes for their environment? That’s what researchers at Washington University at St. Louis have found occurs in the versatile fire salamander.
Lab suppliers trying to market university lab equipment and life science solutions may be interested in increasing scientific product sales at Washington University, given the school’s announcement that it will build a new medical building. It’s expected that the $75 million research building will break ground this summer and possibly be completed by June 2015. The facility will be dedicated to interdisciplinary research on the most complicated problems in human biology. Some of the life science disciplines already slated to be located within the building include genetics, genomics and regenerative biology. The facility will also be LEED certified.
Nerves play a vital role in the well-being of our body. Nerve damage is among the most crippling physical damage we can sustain, which is why it is in our best interest to protect them when at all possible. So when new bioresearch from Washington University in St. Louis lays out a method to prevent the body from destroying axons, which transmit nerve signals throughout the body, it’s a sure signal of improvement in the field of nervous studies.
In an effort to better combat the infamous human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have developed a solution that carries quite a sting. Utilizing a toxin found in bee venom, they have developed a nanoparticle that is quite effective at destroying the virus.
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The National Eye Institute, an NIH agency dedicated to vision research, recently announced the winners of their Challenge to Identify Audacious Goals in Vision Research and Blindness Rehabilitation, or the Audacious Goals Challenge for short. The competition was open to professionals and members of the public and called upon them to think big and bold about vision research goals for the next decades. The prize money was nominal ($3,000) but included an invitation and travel money to attend and present their ideas at the NEI Audacious Goals Development Meeting in Maryland later this month. The real prize, of course, was the opportunity to help set research and funding goals for the next 10-12 years. Of the 500 or so proposals submitted, 10 visionaries were selected as winners.
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Missouri has a rich market of potential buyers of lab supplies and biotechnology products, according to recent NSF and NIH research funding statistics for Washington University in St. Louis. In 2012, the NSF awarded the university $14.4 million in research funding. The NSF-funded projects are located within a number of programs in the life sciences, including evolutionary processes clusters, molecular biophysics, cellular dynamics and function, neural systems clusters, behavioral systems clusters, macrosystem biology and bioinformatics. We have spotlighted the top five-funded projects below:
In the game of life, cheating doesn’t pay off. Laws, karma, and conscience all work towards keeping things just and fair. However, in the world of bacteria, these rules don’t seem to apply. Researchers from the Washington University at St. Louis have reported a strain of amoeba that favors selfishness over fairness, and doesn’t seem to even pay a price for it.
In the realm of biomedical imaging, researchers from Washington University in St. Louis are taking cues from an amazing set of eyes found in nature. Far from the instinctual candidates for impressive eyesight, like cats or birds of prey, this pair belongs to a creature under the sea: the mantis shrimp.