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Highly Cited Researcher

Jan. 12, 2017

The University of Delaware’s Cathy Wu has been named a 2016 Highly Cited Researcher by Thomson Reuters. The designation, which she also received in 2014 and 2015, places her among the top one percent of researchers most cited for their subject field and...

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Secrets in the soil

Nov. 22, 2016

University of Delaware student Jonathon Cottone knows the tell-tale signs that rice plants are getting sick: the yellowing leaves, the faint football-shaped lesions. Cottone, a junior from Wilmington, Delaware, is working with Harsh Bais, associate...

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Vascular verisimilitude

Oct. 25, 2016

Tissue engineering has opened the door not only for the replacement of biological tissues in the body but also the creation of life-like platforms for disease modeling and drug development. However, a major limitation of the current approach is the ability...

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Biofuel breakthrough

Oct. 25, 2016

Bio-fuels and bio-based chemicals have gained tremendous traction over the past decade as a means to produce alternatives to fossil fuels and to replace bulk chemical production methods that rely on petrochemicals. “Methanol, which can be produced...

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Stopping cancer recurrence

Oct. 6, 2016

Although early detection and better treatments have resulted in more women with breast cancer surviving past the five-year mark, 20 percent of disease-free patients will experience a recurrence anywhere from five to 25 years later at a metastatic site —...

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New brew in quest for biofuel

Sep. 30, 2016

You don't have to be a beer lover to understand the chemistry behind new research emerging from two labs at the University of Delaware and their collaborators at White Dog Labs in New Castle, Delaware. But if you are, you might want to raise a toast to their...

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BIOSCIENCE CAT EXPANDS

Sep. 28, 2016

The Delaware Biotechnology Institute has launched a new Entrepreneurial Proof of Concept (EPoC) grant program to help address the three biggest needs that life science entrepreneurs face: access to capital, equipment and expertise. The EPoC grant program...

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Self-Assembly Line

Sep. 14, 2016

For decades, materials scientists have taken lessons from the mother of all material designers — nature. Living organisms use self-assembly processes to form large structures from smaller molecules, such as the formation of a cell membrane from fats or...

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Big Data for Better Medicine

Aug. 30, 2016

Big data has become a big deal. Advanced computing technology has enabled the collection of huge amounts of data on topics ranging from weather and traffic patterns to human health and disease, but translating all of that data into usable knowledge is a...

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Chemical Engineering Honors

Aug. 24, 2016

Eleftherios (Terry) Papoutsakis, Unidel Eugene du Pont Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Delaware, has won the E.V. Murphree Award in Industrial and Engineering Chemistry from the American Chemical Society. The award is...

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Sound Off

Jun. 20, 2016

Article by Diane Kukich | Photo by Evan Krape | June 03, 2016 Our vocal cords, two multilayered folds of tissue located above the trachea, produce voice when air passes between them and sets them into vibration. Various environmental,...

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Bioscience Honors

Apr. 22, 2016

Delaware Bio will recognize some of the state’s brightest bioscience stars during its 2016 Annual Awards Gala, and nearly all of them have ties to the University of Delaware. The 2016 awards celebrate the outstanding work of the honorees to foster the...

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Plant Communications

Apr. 14, 2016

University of Delaware researchers have identified two novel molecular players necessary to regulate plasmodesmata – communication channels in plants that bridge individual cells with their neighboring cells for distribution and exchange of nutrients,...

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Student from Sussex County invited to Participate in White House Science Fair

Apr. 13, 2016

The Delaware Biotechnology Institute (DBI) is proud to announce that Sussex County, Delaware native Mikayla Ockels, recipient of the Practical Impact Award at the U.S. National BioGENEius Challenge in 2015, has been invited to participate at the White House...

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Exceptional Research

Apr. 11, 2016

Gov. Jack Markell joined Kelvin Lee, director of the Delaware Biotechnology Institute (DBI), to recognize Delaware students who did exceptional life science research and honor the teachers who have positively influenced their students to strive for great...

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Sussex Science Night

Mar. 25, 2016

9:49 a.m., March 25, 2016--The Delaware Biotechnology Institute (DBI), in partnership with the Sussex County Science Fair Committee, hosted its second annual Sussex Science Night in Georgetown, Delaware, on Tuesday, March 22. More than 150 students,...

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Seagrass genome

Feb. 26, 2016

The University of Delaware’s Pamela Green is part of an international consortium of researchers from 35 laboratories that have published the genome of the seagrass Zostera marina. It is believed to be the first marine angiosperm to be fully...

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April 4-16: Art in Science

Feb. 26, 2016

An Art in Science exhibit will be held in the Harker Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory at the University of Delaware from April 4-16, culminating in a symposium from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 16. The event is aimed at...

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IGERT cohort

Feb. 15, 2016

The Delaware Biotechnology Institute (DBI) hosted a reception for the newest cohort of six trainees participating in the National Science Foundation-supported Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program awarded to principal...

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Fighting rice fungus

Dec. 30, 2015

In a “clash of the microbes,” University of Delaware plant scientists are uncovering more clues critical to disarming a fungus that is the number one killer of rice plants. The findings, published in December in Frontiers in Plant Science and in...

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Rice residue

Nov. 10, 2015

A new study by University of Delaware researchers considers how adding silica-rich rice residue -- such as husks, straw and the ash of those materials -- to improve crop yields and decrease arsenic uptake may affect the soils in which rice plants are grown....

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Data science innovation

Nov. 3, 2015

The ability to access, analyze and draw insights from massive amounts of data already drives innovation in areas ranging from medicine to manufacturing, leading to greater efficiency and a higher quality of life. To accelerate this emerging field, the...

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Chicken fat

Oct. 29, 2015

Just as poultry is steadily gaining in popularity on dinner plates, the chicken is growing in attractiveness as a biomedical model for studying health issues ranging from headaches and ovarian cancer to cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophy. It turns out...

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From genes to drugs

Oct. 1, 2015

In his 2015 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama announced the launch of the Precision Medicine Initiative, a new research effort to revolutionize how we improve health and treat disease. “Doctors have always recognized that every patient...

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The art of cell health

Sep. 16, 2015

With vibrant colors, textured effects and a scientist's savvy, Jeffrey Caplan, director of the University of Delaware Bio-Imaging Center, can take black-and-white data from a microscope, turn it into an illustrator's masterpiece and show you something both...

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‘Secret Life of Roots’

Aug. 13, 2015

Representatives from the University of Delaware spent a recent Saturday at the United States Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C., educating visitors about the important roles that healthy soils and soil microbes play in ensuring robust plants during a “Roots...

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UD, DSU to present at Alzheimer’s conference

Jul. 23, 2015

Researchers from Delaware State University and the University of Delaware will be representing the First State this week at the Alzheimer’s International Conference in Washington, D.C. Their work includes DSU’s study of a lesser-known deteriorating...

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Del. biotech may change cancer treatment forever

Jul. 20, 2015

What if a blood sample taken by a family physician could diagnose breast cancer months – or even years – before a woman feels the first lump in her chest? Now imagine if that diagnoses also came with a treatment plan so well-tailored to a patient’s...

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Delaware Students Compete in National BioGENEius Challenge

Jun. 18, 2015

Three high school students from Delaware competed in the annual National BioGENEius Challenge that was held in Philadelphia June 12-16, 2015 in conjunction with the 2015 BIO International Convention. Attending were Jaya Bali from Middletown, Francisco...

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ARSENIC SHIELD FOR RICE

Jun. 18, 2015

University of Delaware researchers have discovered a soil microbe that mobilizes an “iron shield” to block the uptake of toxic arsenic in rice. Arsenic occurs naturally in rocks and soils, air and water, plants and animals. It’s used in a variety of...

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Faculty promotions

May 13, 2015

The University of Delaware Board of Trustees approved promotions of 55 faculty members at its spring meeting May 12. All are effective with the 2015-16 academic year. Seventeen faculty members were promoted to professor with tenure, one was promoted to...

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Research Path

May 11, 2015

Several days a week, University of Delaware senior Alexa Bennett shares lab space at the Delaware Biotechnology Institute with millions of little coworkers — colonies of bacteria nestled among samples of Alaskan tundra. Alaskan tundra soils are...

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Exploring bacterial genes

May 6, 2015

A team of University of Delaware researchers is opening wider the door for those who study the vast world of microbes. A paper published in Nature...

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Innovation barometer

Apr. 24, 2015

A new report analyzing U.S. research strengths underscores the contributions that Delaware’s higher education institutions make in generating new ideas and discoveries critical to long-term economic growth. The report, America’s Knowledge Economy: A...

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Biotech Understanding

Apr. 17, 2015

Gov. Jack Markell joined Kelvin Lee, director of the Delaware Biotechnology Institute (DBI), to recognize the finalists, an honorable mention awardee and three winners of the Delaware BioGENEius Challenge on Tuesday, April 14. The Delaware BioGENEius...

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CANR Appointment

Apr. 10, 2015

Eric Wommack has been named to the position of associate dean for research and graduate programs and deputy dean for the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR). Wommack assumed his new responsibilities on Wednesday, April 1. Wommack, a...

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Small changes, big effects

Apr. 2, 2015

4:41 p.m., April 2, 2015--The Delaware Biotechnology Institute (DBI), in partnership with the Sussex County Science Fair Committee, hosted a Family Science Night on Monday, March 30, at Beacon Middle School in Lewes, Delaware.  The event, part of...

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UD Day in DC

Mar. 30, 2015

Using farm-fresh ice cream, a raw oyster bar and portable cellphone chargers as bait, scores of University of Delaware researchers and staff converged on the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, March 25, to share their work with...

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Maize genomics

Mar. 3, 2015

Male reproductive organ development in maize involves a complex array of ribonucleic acid molecules (RNAs) with potentially diverse activities in gene regulation, demonstrated by new research from the University of Delaware and Stanford University. In...

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Worms in space

Feb. 12, 2015

With apologies to the late NASA legend Neil Armstrong, whose boots were the first to step onto the surface of the moon, you might describe Chandran Sabanayagam's research at the Delaware Biotechnology Institute as one small freefall for a worm, one giant leap...

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Nobels cross disciplines

Nov. 3, 2014

Seven University of Delaware faculty members with expertise in each of the six areas of study that won this year's Nobel Prizes discussed the significance of the winners’ work at an Oct. 30 public event, held appropriately in the Interdisciplinary Science...

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International Ethics

Oct. 15, 2014

The University of Delaware has been awarded more than $200,000 by the National Science Foundation to collaborate with the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) on an international research ethics project. Led by Tom Powers, director of the Center for...

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Ancient Gene

Oct. 15, 2014

Researchers at the University of Delaware have discovered that an ancient gene -- ribonucleotide reductase (RNR), which occurs in all cellular life -- provides important biological insights into the characteristics of unknown viruses in the sea. The...

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Viral dark matter

Oct. 1, 2014

University of Delaware researchers Shawn Polson and Eric Wommack have received a three-year, $867,661 National Science Foundation (NSF) Advances in Biological Informatics (ABI) grant to continue and expand the work being conducted on their Viral Informatics...

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Platelets on demand

Sep. 25, 2014

Platelets are an expensive biomedical commodity. These microscopic cells that come to the rescue when our blood vessels need to be repaired cannot be frozen and are stable for only three to five days at room temperature. Although platelets are life-saving...

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Hybrid seed

Aug. 21, 2014

Researchers at the University of Delaware and other institutions across the country have been awarded a four-year, $6.5 million National Science Foundation grant to analyze developmental events in maize anthers and tassels, the male reproductive organs that...

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Marvelous Microbes

Aug. 20, 2014

Anyone can be a scientist, science can be lots of fun and — to the surprise and delight of most of the children who participated in the 2014 University of Delaware Marvelous Microbes Camp — science can be easy. Those were the key messages that Emily...

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Highly cited

Jul. 9, 2014

Three University of Delaware professors -- Pamela Green, Blake Meyers and Cathy Wu -- are among the world’s top scientists, according to the recently launched Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers list. According to Thomson Reuters, Highly Cited...

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Blunting rice disease

May 28, 2014

A fungus that kills an estimated 30 percent of the world’s rice crop may finally have met its match, thanks to a research discovery made by scientists at the University of Delaware and the University of California at Davis. The research team, led by...

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Women in computing

May 27, 2014

The Bioinformatics Student Association(BiSA), a registered student organization at the University of Delaware, has been selected to receive assistance from the

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micro RNA research

May 21, 2014

Leaders in research on microRNAs, University of Delaware professors Blake C. Meyers and Pamela J. Green have an ongoing and longstanding collaboration that recently resulted in the publication of a landmark paper. Published in the April 23 edition of the...

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Next generation of innovation

May 7, 2014

Scientific thought leaders in Delaware are considering a wide range of questions, from how to prevent soy milk from spoiling, to the use of silk nanoparticles in drug delivery, to possible detrimental health effects caused by exposure to plastic. These...

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Transposons

Apr. 29, 2014

Studying a distant relative of viruses known as transposons, the University of Delaware’s Blake Meyers is working with researchers from Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.) Laboratory to see how small RNAs in plants are activated and how they work to control...

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Papoutsakis honored

Apr. 29, 2014

Terry Papoutsakis, Eugene du Pont Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Delaware, only needed to scan the room at Delaware Bio’s 2014 annual awards gala to see just how deeply the roots of the bioscience community stretch in...

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Plant biologists to meet

Mar. 28, 2014

The spring meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Section of the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) will be held Saturday, April 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the Delaware Biotechnology Institute at the University of Delaware. The meeting will feature...

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Science Café

Mar. 7, 2014

University of Delaware Provost Domenico Grasso will open the spring semester Science Café series with a presentation at 5:30 p.m., Monday, March 10, at the Deer Park Tavern on Main Street in Newark. Grasso, who is also a professor of civil and...

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Dissecting genetics

Feb. 25, 2014

The University of Delaware is leading an interdisciplinary project aimed at unraveling the biology of a durable form of disease resistance in maize. A grant from the National Science Foundation Plant Genome Research Program (NSF-PGRP) has brought together...

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UD-Fraunhofer partnership

Feb. 14, 2014

Scientists from the University of Delaware and the Fraunhofer USA Center for Molecular Biotechnology will begin working in February on two new collaborative research projects in the biomedical arena. The projects have been selected for funding through a...

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Smart Hydrogels

Jan. 14, 2014

Researchers at the University of Delaware have developed a “smart” hydrogel that can deliver medicine on demand, in response to mechanical force. Over the past few decades, smart hydrogels have been created that respond to pH, temperature, DNA, light...

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INBRE Leaders

Jan. 6, 2014

Leadership appointments have been announced for the Delaware IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE). This statewide program is building Delaware’s biomedical research capability by developing research in the areas of cancer, cardiovascular...

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Kristi Kiick speaks at Newark Charter High School

Nov. 18, 2013

Kristi Kiick, deputy dean of engineering, visited Newark Charter High School Thursday, Nov. 14, to speak with more than 100 high school freshmen about careers in engineering. Kiick, a materials scientist and biomedical engineer, shared her journey to...

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Heart of the matter

Oct. 18, 2013

No one seemed to mind being in the warm conference room of the Embassy Suites in Newark on Friday, Oct. 11. Outside, it was cold, windy and rainy. Downright dreary. But the atmosphere inside was quite the opposite, as researchers, physicians, scientists,...

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Blood clot studies

Oct. 7, 2013

Ulhas Naik, professor of biological sciences and director of the Delaware Cardiovascular Research Center, pores over laboratory data on his computer, even during breakfast most mornings. He is on a quest to tease out the roles that various blood...

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Biochemical engineering excellence

Sep. 25, 2013

Terry Papoutsakis, Eugene du Pont Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Delaware, has been selected to receive the Daniel I.C. Wang Award for excellence in biochemical engineering from the American Institute of Chemical...

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From methanol to butanol

Sep. 23, 2013

The University of Delaware has been awarded a three-year grant totaling more than $3 million from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA-E) to use an engineered microorganism to produce butanol, a useful transportation fuel, from...

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Science showcase

Sep. 5, 2013

The Delaware Biotechnology Institute (DBI) hosted the 2013 Research Symposium on Aug. 22 to highlight the exciting research being performed by the Delaware Bioscience Center for...

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Teachers and bioenergy

Jul. 22, 2013

Eight Delaware high school teachers were provided a focused training in bioenergy and bioproducts through a special educational program held last month at the Delaware Biotechnology Institute (DBI). The program is a new initiative that builds upon an...

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Engineering honors

Jul. 8, 2013

In 1948, University of Delaware Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering patriarch Allan P. Colburn received the first Professional Progress Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Now, on the 75th anniversary of...

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Diving into data

Jul. 8, 2013

A decade ago, marine biologist Mya Breitbart compared genetic sequences of ocean-dwelling viruses against a database by hand, painstakingly analyzing one at a time and entering her results into a spreadsheet. The field of marine genomics has come a long...

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Life underground

Jun. 13, 2013

Microbes are living more than 500 feet beneath the seafloor in 5 million-year-old sediment, according to new findings by researchers at the University of Delaware and Woods Hole...

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SEPP grants

May 20, 2013

The Center for Science, Ethics and Public Policy (SEPP), with support from the National Science Foundation’s EPSCoR program, announces a grant competition to integrate...

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Reducing arsenic in food chain

May 1, 2013

Harsh Bais and Janine Sherrier of the University of Delaware’s Department of Plant and Soil Sciences are studying whether a naturally occurring soil bacterium, referred to as UD1023 because it was first...

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Hemophilia research

Apr. 3, 2013

Researchers at Temple University and the University of Delaware have published a study in the Journal of Biological Chemistry that sheds new light on the clotting effects of a drug that is being tested as a potential treatment for hemophilia. Referred to...

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The Atom

Mar. 24, 2013

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The Future of Energy

Nov. 8, 2012

As part of a five-year, $50,000 grant supporting state greenhouse gas reduction projects, the Delaware Biotechnology Institute (DBI) has partnered with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) in response to the need for...

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DNA sequencing

May 22, 2012

The Delaware Biotechnology Institute (DBI) at the University of Delaware has been equipped with a state-of-the-art Pacific Biosciences RS DNA sequencing machine to help researchers obtain genetic information, making UD one of the few universities in the...

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