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Shade coffee is for the birds

Feb. 5, 2015 – The conservation value of growing coffee under trees instead of on open farms is well known, but hasn’t been studied much in Africa. So a University of Utah-led research team studied birds in the Ethiopian home of Arabica coffee and found that “shade coffee” farms are good for birds, but some […]

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Identification of a Much-Needed Drug Target Against MRSA, Gram-Positive Infections

The increasing prevalence of antibiotic resistance, when infectious bacteria evolve to evade drugs designed to control them, is a pressing public health concern. Each year two million Americans acquire antibiotic-resistant infections, leading to 23,000 deaths. In light of these unsettling statistics, there has been a call to develop new weapons to combat bacterial threats to human health.

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Cell Mechanism Discovered That May Cause Pancreatic Cancer

Researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah have found that defects in how cells are squeezed out of overcrowded tissue to die, a process called extrusion, may be a mechanism by which pancreatic cancer begins. From these findings, they may have identified an effective way to reverse the defective extrusion’s effects […]

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University of Utah receives software donation from IHS

Feb. 26, 2015 — Software company IHS Inc. has donated 40 of its IHS Kingdom geoscience software licenses, training and supporting services to the University of Utah. The donation allows the university’s undergraduate and graduate students, as well as its geoscience and engineering faculty, to have access to the latest software technology for oil and […]

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It’s game on for air quality

A new web-based action video game uncovers the forces behind the air pollution that plagues the Salt Lake Valley during the winter months. University of Utah developers say the goal is to help students think critically about the science and politics of air quality along the Wasatch Front.

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