Science Market Update

UMN Graduate Students Win $10K Prize For Biodegradable Foam

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Dec 17, 2015

To avoid clogging up our oceans and land space, companies and researchers have been trying for years to focus on producing biodegradable materials. We saw a University of Illinois team devise a method to convert plastic bags into biofuel just last year. Now a team of graduate students at the University of Minnesota has created a polyurethane foam that is biodegradable.

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Regrowing Nerves with 3D Printing at UMN

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Sep 24, 2015

Until recently, nerve damage has been considered irreparable and impossible to treat. Only now are we seeing breakthroughs in nerve care such as Washington University’s study on preventing axon degeneration and UC Irvine’s study on regenerating nerves with salmon protein. Taking things one step farther, a University of Minnesota, Twin Cities research group has developed a method to foster nerve regrowth using 3D printing.

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UMN Neurologist Treats Parkinson's With Electricity

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Jul 16, 2015

Parkinson’s disease and other tremor-causing dysfunctions can be debilitating. Researchers at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities have developed a treatment that in most cases completely restores motor activity to patients.

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Fighting Blood Clots With Hibernation at Minnesota

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Apr 23, 2015

 The human body does not respond well to a sedentary lifestyle. In the most severe cases, lack of activity can lead to atrophied muscles, blood clots, obesity, and even heart failure. However, bears hibernate for months on end and emerge in the spring perfectly healthy. Researchers at the University of Minnesota are unraveling the biology of this seemingly simple achievement to gain insight on how we can avoid these symptoms.

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$5.5 Million Awarded to MN Institutions for Heart Disease and Cancer Research

Posted by Laura Braden on Tue, Apr 14, 2015

The Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics provides annual funding to researchers at the University of Minnesota, the Mayo Clinic, and the state of Minnesota dedicated to bioscience research. Since its founding in 2003, the Minnesota Partnership has worked to strengthen Minnesota's bioresearch fields and help elevate the state as a respected research center. (Image courtesy of Bsstu via Wikimedia Commons). 

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$17.8 Million Awarded to the University of Minnesota to Support Materials Research Center

Posted by Laura Braden on Fri, Apr 03, 2015

With a recent award from the National Science Foundation, the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota will receive a total of $17.8 million over the next 6 years to support the university's Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC). 

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Stifling Bacterial Communication in Minnesota

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Mar 05, 2015

Teamwork and communication are key to approaching any project. The same is true for bacteria that want to launch successful infections. A study from the University of Minnesota presents a way to disturb bacterial communication to reduce the frequency and severity of infections.

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New UMN Microbiology Research Facility (MRF) Under Construction With Expected 2015 Completion

Posted by Laura Braden on Tue, Feb 17, 2015

As one of the leading research institutions in the Midwest, it is no surprise that the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities is expanding its research space. Construction crews have been hard at work on the newest research building on-campus, the Microbiology Research Facility, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2015, with an open and operating in January, 2016. 

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UMN Bioscientists Explore HIV Immunity

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Nov 27, 2014

The human immunodeficiency virus, known more commonly as HIV, is still at large today. With no known cure, the most researchers have been able to do is mitigate the effects of the virus. However, there are certain people who, despite being exposed to HIV, simply do not get infected. A team of biologists at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities set out to find whether genetic differences play a role in this “immunity” to HIV.

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Burning Fat at Squirrel Speed in Minnesota

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Apr 24, 2014

As the weather warms up, many people are beginning to try to burn their extra fat using every trick and technique in the book. Meanwhile, the brown squirrel burns fat overnight as it sleeps. University of Minnesota researchers stumbled upon this unique strategy while studying squirrel hibernation, and are now delving into the genes that control the process.

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