Science Market Update

Slowing Cancer With Yeast At U-M

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Sep 03, 2015

Yeasts are valuable as both tools and allies in the life sciences. We saw how yeast taught Ann Arbor researchers about DNA and showed Urbana-Champaign researchers how to save bats from a deadly disease. Now a team at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor is learning from yeasts how to slow the onset of another deadly disease, namely cancer.

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MSU Researcher Weakens TB With Glaucoma Treatment

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Jul 30, 2015

Two years ago, we told the story of a University of Illinois researcher who discovered a potentially potent tuberculosis treatment in the form of bacteria found at the bottom of the sea. We now turn our attention to Michigan State University, where bioresearchers are using a well-known glaucoma treatment to shut down even the most drug-resistant strains of tuberculosis.

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UMichigan Researcher Finds Neurons Triggered by Sugar Stop Flies from Feeling Hungry

Posted by Laura Braden on Tue, Jul 21, 2015

Fruit flyWhen dieting or eating foods with artificial sweeteners, many people do not get the feeling of being full that they get when eating foods with real sugars. But how can we distinguish between between these two sweeteners, to feel full or not? 

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Ann Arbor Research Team Pinpoints MicroRNA With Flourescence

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Jun 25, 2015

Though it is not studied very heavily, microRNA plays a crucial role in several of life’s functions. We saw in a previous Science Market Update post how a strand of microRNA can decide whether or not embryonic tissue develops with defects, and how an Ohio State University research team used this information to develop methods of preventing such defects. Now a group of researchers at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor has developed a novel way to pinpoint the previously elusive particles of microRNA.

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MSU Entomologist Defends Bees From Smelly Parasites

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Jun 11, 2015

The global bee population is in trouble, but perhaps biotechnology holds the key to its rescue. We saw last year how a Michigan State University team improved the pollination capacity of bees. Now that very same team is working on a way to defend bees from a parasite they believe may be responsible for the population decline.

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Destroying Plaque With Enzymes at the University of Michigan

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, May 14, 2015

Despite our advances in dental hygiene technology and promotion of healthy habits, plaque continues to plague our nation. Surveys indicate that nearly 39 percent of adults in the United States have periodontitis, also known as gum disease. At the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, a team of bioscientists is working to find more effective ways to destroy plaque.

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Saving Lives With Malaria Research at MSU

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Apr 02, 2015

Sometimes stopping the spread of a disease isn’t enough to cure it. For instance, the effects of malaria can still kill even after the parasite has been eradicated. Fortunately, researchers from Michigan State University, East Lansing are working on ways to halt the adverse effects of malaria.

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Finding the Right Genetic Recipe at Ann Arbor

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Mar 19, 2015

DNA is a lot like a genetic recipe: change up the order of the ingredients, and you might get an entirely different dish. At the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, bioresearchers are cooking up some new results that better explain the effects of modifying DNA and what that means for evolution as a whole.

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MSU Team Develops Social Media Platform...for Plants

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Feb 05, 2015

A team of biologists and computer engineers at Michigan State University, East Lansing have just rolled out a social media platform designed especially for plants. Rather than a forum for plants to give virtual thumbs-ups to cat videos, PhotosynQ is designed to bring together researchers, farmers, and anyone who has a passion for learning and sharing information about plants.

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Ann Arbor Biophysicists Find the Rhythm of Photosynthesis

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Jul 17, 2014

Though the word “photosynthesis” is less than 150 years old, modern society considers the process largely fundamental and simple. The truth is, though researchers make attempts to replicate and optimize photosynthesis, as we’ve seen UIUC researchers do, it is still not fully understood. The puzzles behind the inner workings of photosynthesis have caught the attention of biophysicists at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and have led them to unravel some of the mysteries in order to enhance the effectiveness of artificial photosynthesis methods.

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