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The Texas Longhorn Genome Decoded

The Longhorn's history traces back through Christopher Columbus’ second voyage to the New World and the Moorish invasion of Spain.

Common Antifungal Drug Decreases Tumor Growth and Shows Promise as Cancer Therapy

Common Antifungal Drug Decreases Tumor Growth and Shows Promise as Cancer Therapy

An inexpensive antifungal drug, thiabendazole, slows tumor growth and shows promise as a chemotherapy for cancer. Scientists in the College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin made this discovery by exploiting the evolutionary relatedness of yeast, frogs, mice and humans.

New Molecule Has Potential to Help Treat Genetic Diseases and HIV

New Molecule Has Potential to Help Treat Genetic Diseases and HIV

Chemists at The University of Texas at Austin have created a molecule that's so good at tangling itself inside the double helix of a DNA sequence that it can stay there for up to 16 days before the DNA liberates itself, much longer than any other molecule reported.

Being Poor Can Suppress Children’s Genetic Potentials

Growing up poor can suppress a child's genetic potential to excel cognitively even before the age of 2, according to research from psychologists at The University of Texas at Austin.

Plants ‘Remember’ Winter to Bloom in Spring With Help of Special Molecule

Plants ‘Remember’ Winter to Bloom in Spring With Help of Special Molecule

The role a key molecule plays in a plant’s ability to remember winter, and therefore bloom in the spring, has been identified by University of Texas at Austin scientists.

University of Texas at Austin Plant Geneticist Receives Fulbright Award

University of Texas at Austin Plant Geneticist Receives Fulbright Award

Plant geneticist Z. Jeff Chen has been awarded a Fulbright scholarship to work at the University of Cambridge beginning January 2011. Plant geneticist Dr. Z. Jeff Chen will spend a semester at the University of Cambridge as a Fulbright scholar. Photo by Marsha Miller. He will also be a visiting fellow commoner at Trinity College…   » Continue Reading

Scientists Find New Genes for Cancer, Other Diseases in Plants, Yeast and Worms

From deep within the genomes of organisms as diverse as plants, worms and yeast, scientists have uncovered new genes responsible for causing human diseases such as cancer and deafness.

Most Extensive Genetic Resource for Reef-Building Coral Created

Most Extensive Genetic Resource for Reef-Building Coral Created

A nearly complete collection of genes for a species of reef-building coral has been assembled by a team led by biologists from The University of Texas at Austin.

Evolutionary Biologist Will Study HIV with Grant from AIDS Research Foundation

Dr. Sara Sawyer, an evolutionary biologist, will use a $120,000 grant from the Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) to study how the HIV virus and the cells it attacks have evolved together over time. The goal of her research is to discover new targets for drugs.

Brain Signals Less Satisfaction for Obese People, Research Shows; Blunted Reward Response, Gene May Trigger Over-Eating

Brain Signals Less Satisfaction for Obese People, Research Shows; Blunted Reward Response, Gene May Trigger Over-Eating

Obese individuals may over-eat because they experience less satisfaction from eating food due to a reduced response in their brains' reward circuitry, according to a new study by Eric Stice, psychology researcher at The University of Texas at Austin.