More than a single genome: How alike are your cells?

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As hard as it may be to believe, every human starts out as a single cell (around one two-hundredth of an inch in size) formed when the right sperm cell meets the ovum in the mother. The sperm and egg each carry a half-set of chromosomes, merging to create a single genome that is a… Read more »

The genetics of smell: Making sense of scents.

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Smell is a very important sense for mammals; many people regard it as a fairly useless scent, but it has many, many uses. Flavor is highly dependent on smell, not to mention the ability to detect potential toxins, or to find compatible mates, smell is very important for everyday life. What makes smell fascinating is… Read more »

UK Bioscience Forum 2015

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2014 was an outstanding year for the global biotech industry. Capital fundraising records were broken in the US and Europe, resulting in the highest ever total of £33bn. Furthermore, the UK was responsible for a substantial portion of the year’s success, a fact that was highlighted at BIA’s recent UK Bioscience Forum. The AMRC’s Sam… Read more »

World AIDS Day Scientific Symposium Highlights Vaccine Research, Honors Students, Trainees, Community Leader

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In celebration of World AIDS Day, held every year on December 1, the University of Rochester Center for AIDS Research (UR CFAR) hosted a scientific symposium. Guest lecturer Dan Barouch, M.D., Ph.D., professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, highlighted that the best hope for controlling the HIV/AIDS epidemic, which has claimed the lives of… Read more »