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Tracing genes, biologists show lizard migration is traced to Florida

A new study headed by biologists at Washington University in St. Louis shows that Florida is an exporter of more than just fruit and star athletes. Studying genetic variation in the common brown lizard, Anolis sagrei, the researchers found that introduced populations of the lizard in five different countries can be traced back to the Sunshine State as their site of export. ... The team...

Florida Tech earns $50,000 grant to create coral database

MELBOURNE, FLA. Florida Tech faculty, Dr. Robert van Woesik, associate professor of biological sciences; Dr. Semen Koksal, professor of mathematical sciences; and Dr. Phil Bernhard, associate professor of computer sciences, have earned a $50,000 grant from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to set up a Coral Database (CoralData) node for the southeast region of the U.S. The team hopes...

Black water turns the tide on Florida coral

In early 2002, a patch of "black water" spanning over 60 miles in diameter formed off southwestern Florida and contributed to severe coral reef stress and death in the Florida Keys, according to results published from research funded by NASA, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The "black water" contained a high abundance of tox...

Florida frontier expedition

FT. PIERCE, Fla., May 20, 2004 -- Scientists from the new state-funded Center of Excellence in Biomedical and Marine Biotechnology will spend the next two weeks exploring never before seen sections of deepwater coral reefs rich with life off Florida's east coast and the Keys. The team, with members from Harbor Branch Oceanographic and Florida Atlantic University, will be using Harbor Branch's Joh...

Florida Tech researchers win $912,700 grant for cell studies

MELBOURNE, FLA.--Florida Tech researchers, studying the regulatory mechanisms of cell growth, were awarded a $912,700 National Institutes of Health grant for four years. The grant period starts May 1, 2004. ... Dr. Alan C. Leonard, professor of biological sciences, and Dr. Julia Grimwade, associate professor of biological sciences, were awarded the funding, which furthers their efforts to underst...

Exploring the sights and sounds of a deepwater coral marine protected area off Florida

Port Canaveral, Fla. April 29, 2003-- From April 29 to May 8 scientists and students will be exploring the deepwater coral reefs off Florida known as the Oculina Banks and stretching 30 miles offshore from Ft. Pierce to Cape Canaveral. This remote area includes the East Coast's first Marine Protected Area (MPA) which is a model for efforts underway to create new MPAs throughout southeast U.S. wat...

UCF to host Florida Academy of Sciences meeting

ORLANDO -- The University of Central Florida will host the 67th Annual Meeting of the Florida Academy of Sciences and Florida Junior Academy of Sciences on March 21-22 at the UCF Student Union.... ...Hundreds of researchers, including many from UCF whose focus ranges from oysters to polar bears, sea turtles, whales and possible treatments for cancer and Crohn's Disease, will each make 15-minute p...

Coral smothering 'green tide' seaweed spreading on Florida reefs

PALM BEACH, Fla., Jan. 23--According to recent reports from divers and fishers, the coral-smothering non-native seaweed known as Caulerpa brachypus has now become so thick on reefs in Florida's Palm Beach County, about an hour north of Miami, that it is forcing lobsters and fish away. The species has also now been spotted as far north as Ft. Pierce, Fla., about sixty miles away. ...... "It can sm...

University of Florida engineers probe 'shape memory' alloy for better prostheses

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- To keep blood vessels from clogging, surgeons sometimes implant compressed stents that expand to the right size and shape when warmed by body heat. ...The tiny stents get their so-called "shape memory" from an unusual alloy called nitinol, which exhibits one shape when cool, but forms another when heated. This property has made the alloy useful in an increasing number of sma...

Common bacteria kills elkhorn coral off Florida keys, says UGA research team

Populations of the shallow-water Caribbean elkhorn coral, Acropora palmata, are being decimated by white pox disease. Losses of living elkhorn coral in the Florida Keys typically average 85 percent. A team of scientific investigators, led by researchers from the University of Georgia, has identified the common fecal enteric bacteria, Serratia marcescens, as the cause of white pox. ......The sourc...

University of South Florida team conducts trial for HIV vaccine

Tampa, FL (May 14, 2002) The University of South Florida College of Medicine has begun the human trial for a new experimental HIV vaccine at the Tampa General Hospital Clinical Research Center. ......The national study, sponsored by Merck & Co., will assess the vaccine's safety and ability to produce immunity in healthy, uninfected adult volunteers. If successful, the small preliminary study wo...

People and fire at Florida's wildland-urban interface

A study from the recently published Proceedings of the Eleventh Biennial Southern Silviculture Research Conference illustrates some of the problems related to prescribed burning in an increasingly populated fire-prone landscape.... ...Conducted by Forest Service researchers David Butry, John Pye and Jeffrey Prestemon from the Southern Research Station Economics of Forest Protection and Management...

Cultured sea fans to be re-seeded in Florida keys national marine sanctuary

FORT PIERCE, FL., MARCH 21, 2002 - In what may be the first such attempt, a HARBOR BRANCH marine biologist will take sea fans (a soft coral) that are being grown in captivity, and re-seed them on a portion of reef in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary that was heavily damaged when a ship ran aground there in 1989.... ...... HARBOR BRANCH Reef Restoration Biologist Kevin Gaines, who hopes...

Impact of NICU environment on neurodevelopment of premature babies focus of University of South Florida conference

Tampa, FL The glaring lights of neontal intensive care units (NICU) may be more than annoying they can harm the retinas of developing newborns and disrupt the way these tiny babies process important visual information....... This and other new findings about how NICU environments impact the neurosensory development of premature infants will be presented at a University of South Florida College...

Large river once flowed in south Florida

Session: Controls on the Depositional Balance between Carbonates and Siliciclastics on the Southeastern Florida Platform, Booth 101, and Sedimentology (posters): Carbonate Sediments, Diagenesis, Paleoclimate and Paleosols is scheduled for 1:30-5:30 pm on Thursday, Nov. 8, Hynes Convention Center Hall D. ... ...Evidence recently obtained by scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) indi...

Answers to Florida bay restoration are clear as mud!

Session: Use of Ecosystem History Data in Resource Management and Restoration: A Case Study from Florida Bay, Everglades National Park is scheduled for 11:45 am Tuesday, Nov. 6, Hynes Convention Center Room 210.... ...Recent evidence recovered from the muddy bottom of Florida Bay by a team of USGS scientists indicates that some of the changes in Florida Bays ecosystem are natural and some are no...

U.S. Department of Defense awards University of South Florida $4 milliion to prepare state's public health system for bioterrorism threat

TAMPA, Fla (Sept. 26, 2001) The U.S. Department of Defense today awarded the University of South Florida nearly $4 million over the next year to build a system that will prepare the states frontline public health workers for the threat of a bioterrorist attack. ... ...The larger federal contract continues $1.8-million in pilot funding received last year by the USF Center for Biological Defense...

Florida scientists find enzyme replacement restores muscle strength in mice with Pompe's disease

.GAINESVILLE, Fla.---University of Florida researchers have successfully restored normal muscle function in animals with a rare and fatal form of muscular dystrophy using a new form of enzyme replacement therapy.. . In laboratory experiments, two doses of the enzyme strengthened the legs of a small sample of young mice with a muscle-wasting condition called Pompe's disease, according to findings...

University of Florida researchers identify a protein that may induce drug resistance in lung cancer cells

. GAINESVILLE, Fla.---University of Florida researchers have identified a protein that appears to play a key role in fortifying lung cancer cells against the powerful chemotherapy drugs designed to kill them.. The findings are a first step toward better understanding the underlying molecular mechanisms that enable these cancer cells to survive and strengthen, UF researchers reported Sunday,...

University of Florida researchers study possible genetic link to dysfunctional coronary arteries in women

.Gainesville, FL --- Cardiologists have spent decades puzzling over what causes chest pain in many of their female patients. That's because the majority of women who complain of severe discomfort actually have coronary arteries that appear relatively normal in X-ray images of .the heart. . Now University of Florida researchers report that many of these women have a genetic variation that cou...

Saving Florida's gentle giants

.Florida's giant manatees are curiously gentle sea creatures - whiskered, slow moving, and blubbery, with spatula-shaped tails, fingernail-tipped flippers, and thick gray skin. Even Columbus noted their distinct lack of beauty when he first saw them in the New World in 1493. But while manatees have no natural enemies, their population is dwindling (total today is just over 2,000). Some of their...

Florida research shows that for rice, warmer earth brings uncertain future

. For rice, warmer earth brings uncertain future, UF research shows. .GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Temperature increases anticipated as part of global warming appear to significantly reduce rice yields, a finding that has worrisome implications for the third of the world's population that relies on rice as a primary staple. . University of Florida researchers have found above-average temperatures inter...

Florida scientist finds eight new snails that may give water quality clues

.GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- They're barely big enough to see and they feel like grit, but some new species of snails discovered by a University of Florida scientist may be able to provide some big clues about the water we use. . Fred Thompson, a UF mollusk expert, has found six tiny new species in springs at the Seminole State Forest near Apopka and two in Holmes Creek in the Florida Panhandle. ....

University of Florida scientist maps brain reactions to food

.GAINESVILLE, Fla.---Most of us have experienced eating and eating until suddenly we're so stuffed we can hardly waddle from the table to the couch.. . Now for the first time, scientists at the University of Florida and the University of Texas have pinpointed the time it takes for the human brain to signal it's full and which areas of the brain are involved in eating. As it turns out, 10 minute...

To combat poaching, Florida officials use wildlife forensics

.State game officials are bagging poachers who might once have escaped their reach, thanks to DNA analysis performed at a University of Florida laboratory.. More commonly used to catch murderers and rapists, the lab's forensic DNA techniques have proved so successful in nabbing deer poachers that officials have recently turned to it for help in cases involving wild turkeys, turtles, alligators...

USGS scientists find new population of Asian swamp eels in south Florida

. . . . . . . A new population of non-native Asian swamp eels, a highly adaptable predatory fish, has been found near the eastern border of Everglades National Park in the area of Homestead, Fla. According to the USGS biologists who discovered this new population in December, the eels appear to represent a separate introduction from previously discovered swamp eel populations in Georgia, north...

University of Florida researchers test drug from 'transgenic sheep' in study at Shands at UF teaching hospital

.GAINESVILLE---In an early test of breakthrough technology, University of Florida.researchers have begun the first pilot study to determine whether the milk of.genetically modified sheep can help people prone to life-threatening lung.problems caused by a specific protein deficiency.. .PPL Therapeutics of Edinburgh, Scotland, the lead company involved in the.development of Dolly the cloned sheep,...

Some Atlantic Coast Beaches Are Shrinking While Florida's Beaches Better Off Than Most

.GAINESVILLE --- Other states aren't so lucky, but when beachgoers in.Florida dig their toes in the sand this summer, they may be glad to know.many of the state's shores are in little danger of washing away -- and some.are even getting larger.. . Contrary to popular perception and the trend in most other states on the.East Coast, Florida's beaches generally are not falling victim to coast...

"Protect Wild Dolphins" License Plate Sales To Fund Wild Dolphin Research Efforts Throughout Florida

.FT. PIERCE, FL -The newly created "Protect Wild Dolphins" specialty license.plate, approved by the state legislature last year is now available statewide..Revenues collected from the sale of the plate will be used to help fund ongoing.wild dolphin research and education programs, which are involved in the study.and preservation of wild dolphins in Florida Waters. The internationally.acclaimed...

Genetic Uniqueness Threatens Florida Manatee's Future

.GAINESVILLE -- As Florida manatees lumber into warmer waters this month for.their winter respite, they're admired for their unique appearance and.lovable charm. But it's that very singularity that University of Florida.scientists say could be leading the gentle sea cows down the path to.extinction.. .Genetic testing and DNA comparisons of manatees from eight regions along.the Western Atlantic h...

Lack Of Intestinal Bacterium Linked To Kidney Stones In Cystic Fibrosis Patients, University Of Florida Researchers Report

.GAINESVILLE, Fla.---Cystic fibrosis patients who lack a beneficial intestinal.bacterium have a greatly increased likelihood of developing a condition that can.lead to kidney stones, and extensive use of antibiotics may be to blame,.University of Florida researchers reported today (9/26) in the scientific.journal The Lancet. .The study is one of the first to directly link an absence of the organ...

Ear Infection Complications On The Rise, University of Florida Researchers Report

.GAINESVILLE---Serious complications from childhood ear infections are on.the rise, primarily because the bacterium most often responsible for the.infection is growing increasingly resistant to antibiotics, University of.Florida researchers report. . .While physicians nationwide have recognized ear infections are becoming.more difficult to treat, a UF study is among the first to provide concret...

University of Florida Research Shows Zinc Triggers Body's Defenses

. . GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Summer cold sufferers take heart: A new University of.Florida study offers new evidence that zinc -- the latest rage in cold.remedies -- may provide immediate protection against disease.. . "We were startled that the response in people was so dramatic and so.rapid," said Robert J. Cousins, the Boston Family professor of human.nutrition with U...

University of Florida Researchers Develop Filter Coating That Traps Bacteria and Viruses

.GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- When 26 children became ill after swimming in a kiddie pool.at an Atlanta water park earlier this summer, health investigators said it.was because low chlorine levels failed to kill harmful bacteria in the water. . A coating developed by University of Florida engineers and biologists.might have prevented the June accident by enabling the pool's filter to.trap the E....

USGS Scientists Find New Invasive Fish Species In Florida

.The Asian swamp eel, a non-native fish, has been found in canals, ditches, streams and ponds near Tampa and Miami, Fla. The species is spreading and has the capability of invading and harming freshwater ecosystems throughout the Southeast, including the already-besieged Everglades system, according to the U.S. Geological Survey scientists who found the species in Florida.. .The exotic creature...

East Coast Oceans Public Meeting To Be Held In Tampa, Florida

. .The meeting will provide all interested persons an opportunity to express concerns about public health issues such as beach closures, shellfish consumption, and fish contamination and ecosystem concerns regar...

Water Quality In Georgia-Florida Coastal Plain Affected By Agricultural And Urban Activities

Water quality is generally good in the Georgia-Florida Coastal Plain but ...has been adversely affected by agricultural and urban land uses in some ...areas, according to the results of a five-year investigation by the U.S. ...Geological Survey (USGS). The study area encompasses 62,000 square mile ...area in southern and central Georgia and northern and central Florida, ...and is one of 20 study...

Florida Or Bust? Older Lab Rats Seek Heat To Fight Infection, UD Researchers Report

.SAN FRANCISCO, CA.--Geriatric rats instinctively ward off sickness by huddling.in hot spots, and ongoing studies of their behavior may suggest drug-free.strategies to help older people fight infections, University of Delaware.researchers reported today at the Experimental Biology '98 meeting.. "Most older rats, like many older people, either don't get fevers or get low.fevers when they have an...

Developing Florida's Marine Food Fish Industry

. 1st Florida Marine Aquaculture Industry Development (MAID) Workshop to be Held.at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution . .FT. PIERCE, FL - Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution will host the first.ever Florida Marine Aquaculture Industry (MAID) Workshop at its Education and.Conference facility April 16 - 18, 1998. This workshop includes presentations.by industry leaders and aquaculture...

Florida Company Using ORNL Technology For Revolutionary Wheelchair

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Dec. 6, 1996 -- Some of the barriers faced every day by people in powered wheelchairs may soon be removed because of an invention licensed to a new company in Florida by the Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORN.L). . .Cybertrax Innovative Technologies of Tampa plans to introduce.its revolutionary, omnidirectional wheelchair in the spring. These highl...
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