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Public Release: 14-Apr-2017
Molecular Biology and Evolution
Lice and their bacterial sidekicks have evolved together for millions of years
A Florida Museum of Natural History study provides new insights into the complex, shared history between blood-sucking lice and the vitamin-producing bacterial sidekicks that enable them to parasitize mammals, including primates and humans.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Bret Boyd
bboyd@uga.edu
Florida Museum of Natural History

Public Release: 14-Apr-2017
Circulation Research
3-D-printed patch can help mend a 'broken' heart
A team of biomedical engineering researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, has created a revolutionary 3-D-bioprinted patch that can help heal scarred heart tissue after a heart attack. The discovery is a major step forward in treating patients with tissue damage after a heart attack.
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, University of Minnesota Lillehei Heart Institute, University of Minnesota Institute for Engineering in Medicine

Contact: Rhonda Zurn
rzurn@umn.edu
612-626-7959
University of Minnesota

Public Release: 14-Apr-2017
Clinical Cancer Research
Immunotherapy for glioblastoma well tolerated; survival gains observed
A phase one study of 11 patients with glioblastoma who received injections of an investigational vaccine therapy and an approved chemotherapy showed the combination to be well tolerated while also resulting in unexpectedly significant survival increases, researchers at the Duke Cancer Institute report.
National Institutes of Health, Small Business Technology Transfer with Annias Immunotherapeutics, Inc., Duke Comprehensive Cancer Core Grant

Contact: Samiha Khanna
samiha.khanna@duke.edu
919-419-5069
Duke University Medical Center

Public Release: 13-Apr-2017
Proceedings of the Royal Society B
Kent State University at Stark research unravels mysteries of mouthparts of butterflies
Matthew S. Lehnert, assistant professor of biological sciences at Kent State University at Stark, has been studying how the mouthparts of butterflies and moths work since 2010. His research shows that the method in which flies and butterflies ingest liquids into their own bodies for nourishment may be used as a model for delivering disease-fighting drugs to the human body. Drug delivery systems are engineered technologies for the targeted delivery and/or controlled release of therapeutic agents.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Laura Massie
lmassie2@kent.edu
330-244-3262
Kent State University

Public Release: 13-Apr-2017
Nature Communications
UVA finds way to view genes inside living cells
3-D maps of gene locations could have a huge impact in our understanding of human health and in the battle against disease.
V Foundation for Cancer Research, University of Virginia Cancer Center, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine

Contact: Josh Barney
jdb9a@virginia.edu
434-906-8864
University of Virginia Health System

Public Release: 13-Apr-2017
Nature Communications
Shedding light on the absorption of light by titanium dioxide
EPFL scientists have uncovered the hidden properties of titanium dioxide, one of the most promising materials for light-conversion technology.
Swiss National Science foundation, European Research Council, Grupos Consolidados del Gobierno Vasco, COST Actions EUSpec

Contact: Nik Papageorgiou
n.papageorgiou@epfl.ch
41-216-932-105
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Public Release: 13-Apr-2017
Chem
New material could save time and money in medical imaging and environmental remediation
Chemists at the University of Texas at Austin have developed a material that holds the key to cheap, fast and portable new sensors for a wide range of chemicals that right now cost government and industries large sums to detect.
National Science Foundation, Welch Foundation

Contact: Marc Airhart
mairhart@austin.utexas.edu
512-232-1066
University of Texas at Austin

Public Release: 13-Apr-2017
Current Biology
Study discovers fundamental unit of cell size in bacteria
By applying mathematical models to a large number of experiments in which bacterial growth is inhibited, a team of physicists, biologists and bioengineers from UC San Diego developed a 'general growth law' that explains the relationship between the average cell size of bacteria and how fast they grow.
Paul G. Allen Foundation, Pew Charitable Trusts, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health

Contact: Kim McDonald
kmcdonald@ucsd.edu
858-534-7572
University of California - San Diego

Public Release: 12-Apr-2017
npj 2D Materials and Applications
Nanopores could map small changes in DNA that signal big shifts in cancer
Detecting cancer early, just as changes are beginning in DNA, could enhance diagnosis and treatment as well as further our understanding of the disease. A new study by University of Illinois researchers describes a method to detect, count and map tiny additions to DNA called methylations, which can be a warning sign of cancer, with unprecedented resolution.
Oxford Nanopore Technology, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation

Contact: Liz Ahlberg Touchstone
eahlberg@illinois.edu
217-244-1073
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Public Release: 12-Apr-2017
ACM International Conference on Architectural Support for Programming Languages and Operating System
Tool for checking complex computer architectures reveals flaws in emerging design
With backing from some of the largest technology companies, a major project called RISC-V seeks to facilitate open-source design for computer chips, offering the possibility of opening chip designs beyond the few firms that currently dominate the space. As the project moves toward a formal release, researchers at Princeton University have discovered a series of errors in the RISC-V instruction specification that now are leading to changes in the new system.
National Science Foundation, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Starnet, Microelectronics Advanced Research Corporation

Contact: john sullivan
js29@princeton.edu
609-258-4597
Princeton University, Engineering School

Public Release: 12-Apr-2017
Nature Communications
New lettuce genome assembly offers clues to success of huge plant family
UC Davis researchers have unlocked a treasure-trove of genetic information about lettuce and related plants, completing the first reported comprehensive genome assembly for lettuce and the massive Compositae plant family.
Lettuce Genomics Sequencing Consortium, UC Davis Genome Center, National Science Foundation, US Department of Agriculture

Contact: Pat Bailey
pjbailey@ucdavis.edu
530-219-9640
University of California - Davis

Public Release: 12-Apr-2017
Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences
Researchers find mushrooms may hold clues to effect of carbon dioxide on lawns
Since the Industrial Revolution, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has rapidly increased. Researchers at the University of New Hampshire set out to determine how rising carbon dioxide concentrations and different climates may alter vegetation like forests, croplands, and 40 million acres of American lawns. They found that the clues may lie in an unexpected source, mushrooms.
National Science Foundation, US Department of Agriculture

Contact: Robbin Ray
robbin.ray@unh.edu
603-862-4864
University of New Hampshire

Public Release: 12-Apr-2017
Nature
A big-picture look at the world's worst Ebola epidemic
An international effort to analyze the entire database of Ebola virus genomes from the 2013-2016 West African epidemic reveals insights into factors that sped or slowed the rampage and calls for using real-time sequencing and data-sharing to contain future viral disease outbreaks.
European Commission, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome Trust, Clinton Health Access Initiative, and others

Contact: Claire Hudson
crhudson@fredhutch.org
206-667-7365
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Public Release: 12-Apr-2017
Science Advances
New 3-D printing method creates shape-shifting objects
A team of researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology and two other institutions has developed a new 3-D printing method to create objects that can permanently transform into a range of different shapes in response to heat.
Air Force Office of Scientific Research, National Science Foundation, Singapore National Research Foundation

Contact: Josh Brown
josh.brown@comm.gatech.edu
404-385-0500
Georgia Institute of Technology

Public Release: 12-Apr-2017
Nature
Treatment reverses signs of 2 degenerative brain diseases, ALS and ataxia, in mice
Scientists report a significant step toward combatting two degenerative brain diseases that chip away at an individual's ability to move, and think. A targeted therapy developed by investigators at University of Utah Health slows the progression of a condition in mice that mimics a rare disease called ataxia. In a parallel collaborative study led by researchers at Stanford University, a nearly identical treatment improves the health of mice that model Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), commonly called Lou Gehrig's disease.
National Institutes of Health, The Noorda Foundation, Target ALS Foundation, National Science Foundation, Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins, Glenn Foundation, DFG

Contact: Julie Kiefer
julie.kiefer@hsc.utah.edu
801-597-4258
University of Utah Health

Public Release: 12-Apr-2017
Nature
Virginia Tech scientists discover early dinosaur cousin had a surprising croc-like look
Teleocrater and other recently discovered dinosaur cousins show that these animals were widespread during the Triassic Period and lived in modern day Russia, India, and Brazil. Furthermore, these cousins existed and went extinct before dinosaurs even appeared in the fossil record.
National Science Foundation, National Geographic Society, Marie Curie Career Integration Grant, National Geographic Society for Young Explorers grant, Russian Government Program of Competitive Growth of Kazan Federal University

Contact: Lindsay Key
ltkey@vt.edu
540-231-6594
Virginia Tech

Public Release: 12-Apr-2017
Genome Medicine
Nuclear transfer of mitochondrial DNA in colon and rectal cancer
Patients with colon and rectal cancer have somatic insertions of mitochondrial DNA into the nuclear genomes of the cancer cells, UAB researchers report in the journal Genome Medicine. In a companion paper in Analytical Biochemistry, researchers describe a molecular tool to rapidly detect and analyze insertion of mitochondrial DNA into the genomes of cells.
US Department of Veterans Affairs, University of Alabama at Birmingham, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation

Contact: Jeff Hansen
jeffhans@uab.edu
205-209-2355
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Public Release: 11-Apr-2017
Nature Nanotechnology
Self-assembling polymers provide thin nanowire template
In a recent study, a team of researchers from Argonne, the University of Chicago and MIT has developed a new way to create some of the world's thinnest wires, using a process that could enable mass manufacturing with standard types of equipment.
DOE/Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences, National Science Foundation, US Army Research Office

Contact: Jared Sagoff
jsagoff@anl.gov
630-252-5549
DOE/Argonne National Laboratory

Public Release: 11-Apr-2017
Nano Letters
'Neuron-reading' nanowires could accelerate development of drugs for neurological diseases
A team led by engineers at the University of California San Diego has developed nanowires that can record the electrical activity of neurons in fine detail. The new nanowire technology could one day serve as a platform to screen drugs for neurological diseases and could enable researchers to better understand how single cells communicate in large neuronal networks.
National Science Foundation, University of California San Diego, Los Alamos National Laboratory, National Institutes of Health, March of Dimes

Contact: Liezel Labios
llabios@ucsd.edu
858-246-1124
University of California - San Diego

Public Release: 11-Apr-2017
Journal of Systematic Palaeontology
CWRU researchers discover 3 new species of extinct South American marsupials
The discovery of three extinct species and new insights to a fourth indicates a little-known family of marsupials, the Palaeothentidae, was diverse and existed over a wide range of South America as recent as 13 million years ago. Fossils of the new species were found at Quebrada Honda, a high elevation fossil site in southern Bolivia, and are among the youngest known palaeothentid fossils.
National Science Foundation, National Geographic Foundation

Contact: Kevin Mayhood
kevin.mayhood@case.edu
216-534-7183
Case Western Reserve University

Public Release: 11-Apr-2017
Physical Review Letters
Physicists discover hidden aspects of electrodynamics
Radio waves, microwaves and even light itself are all made of electric and magnetic fields. The classical theory of electromagnetism was completed in the 1860s by James Clerk Maxwell. At the time, Maxwell's theory was revolutionary, and provided a unified framework to understand electricity, magnetism and optics. Now, new research led by LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy Assistant Professor Ivan Agullo, with colleagues from the Universidad de Valencia, Spain, advances knowledge of this theory. Their recent discoveries have been published in Physical Review Letters.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Alison Satake
asatake@lsu.edu
225-578-3870
Louisiana State University

Public Release: 11-Apr-2017
Molecular Psychiatry
Wiring of the 'little brain' linked to multiple forms of mental illness
Nearly half of people with one mental illness also experience another mental illness at the same time. This is leading researchers to shift their focus away from individual disorders and search instead for common mechanisms or risk factors that might cause all types of mental disorders. Duke researchers have now linked specific differences in the cerebellum and pons to many types of mental illness.
National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Duke University

Contact: Kara Manke
kara.manke@duke.edu
919-681-8064
Duke University

Public Release: 11-Apr-2017
Nature Communications
Group works toward devising topological superconductor
A team led by Cornell physics associate professor Eun-Ah Kim has proposed a topological superconductor made from an ultrathin transition metal dichalcogenide that is a step toward quantum computing.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Tom Fleischman
tjf85@cornell.edu
607-255-9735
Cornell University

Public Release: 11-Apr-2017
International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media
Who are you on social media? New research examines norms of online personas
According to the Pew Research center, the majority of adults on the internet have more than one social networking profile on sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Although the core purpose of these sites are similar -- to digitally connect with peers and loved ones -- new research conducted by researchers in Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology and King's College in London, England, found users often adopt different personas unique to each social network.
National Science Foundation, Economic and Social Sciences Research Council

Contact: Erin Cassidy Hendrick
emc5045@psu.edu
Penn State

Public Release: 11-Apr-2017
Did you catch that? Robot's speed of light communication could protect you from danger
If you were monitoring a security camera and saw someone set down a backpack and walk away, you might pay special attention -- especially if you had been alerted to watch that particular person. According to Cornell University researchers, this might be a job robots could do better than humans, by communicating at the speed of light and sharing images.
Office of Naval Research, National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy

Contact: Daryl Lovell
dal296@cornell.edu
607-592-3925
Cornell University

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