James Keener named 2012 SIAM Fellow

Jim Keener, a distinguished professor of mathematics, has been named as a 2012 fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). Read More

March, 2012 from the U

Autism Rates in Utah, U.S., Reach All-Time High in 2008

The rate of autism spectrum disorders (autism) among U.S. 8-year-olds reached an all-time high in 2008, with an estimated one in 88 children having autism, according to a new study released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network. Read More


A New Breast Cancer Susceptibility Gene

Mutations in a gene called XRCC2 cause increased breast cancer risk, according to a study published online today in the American Journal of Human Genetics. The study looked at families that have a history of the disease but do not have mutations in the currently known breast cancer susceptibility genes. Read More


Genes for Learning, Remembering, Forgetting

Certain genes and proteins that promote growth and development of embryos also play a surprising role in sending chemical signals that help adults learn, remember, forget and perhaps become addicted, University of Utah biologists have discovered. Read More


Researcher’s Microdissection Device Hits the Market to Fight Cancer

A new device designed to more effectively produce DNA samples for genetic testing from slide-mounted tissue samples is better equipped than most models on the market to help in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Its University of Utah inventors say the microdissection device is an effective and reasonably priced method for removing tissue samples from microscope slides. The samples are used for genetic testing, so precision is essential. The impact could be substantial because genetic testing is becoming more popular in the fight against cancer, and so the demand for efficient dissection tools is growing. Read More