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iXpressGenes (iXG) has been awarded a $1M DoD contract to develop extremophile-derived antibiotics

Huntsville, Ala. — iXpressGenes (iXG) has been awarded a $1,000,000 Phase II Department of Defense (DoD) Small Business Innovation contract to develop extremophile-derived antibiotics to protect soldiers from biowarfare agents and “superbugs.” Selection was based on achievements during the Phase I project to now continue development and maturation of discovered antibiotic candidates. iXG, a biotechnology company located on the HudsonAlpha Institute for ...

USA Developing Next Gen Forensic Tools

The University of South Alabama will partner with multiple industries and universities to develop the next generation of forensic science tools for government agencies, nonprofits and private industry. The Industry University Cooperative Research Center (IUCRC) partnership received National Science Foundation (NSF) support to create a new Center for Advanced Research in Forensic Science (CARFS), the ...
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UAH welcomes Kathryn E. Uhrich renowned chemist, professor and successful entrepreneur

Kathryn E. Uhrich, noted polymer chemist, successful entrepreneur and Dean of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at The University of California, Riverside will be the guest speaker for the The University of Alabama in Huntsville's (UAH) Distinguished Speaker Series on Thursday, Sept. 28. Uhrich will give the public talk "Not Your Typical Aspirin," a ...
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A bioactive molecule may protect against congestive heart failure

Scientists have shown that by giving mice a form of the fatty acid-derived bioactive molecule called lipoxin, improved heart function after a heart attack, as the lipoxin prompted early activation of the resolving phase of the immune response without altering the acute phase. This suggests lipoxin may have a high therapeutic potential to limit the oedema ...

Auburn University professor secures an additional $5 million to increase diversity in STEM workforce

Auburn University’s Overtoun Jenda, assistant provost for Special Projects and Initiatives and professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, secured an additional $5 million from the National Science Foundation for a five-year project that aims to diversify the workforce in the Black Belt region of Alabama by increasing the number of students from historically ...

Summer research program gives Honors students valuable hands-on experience

Regardless of how many classes a student may take in their field of study, there’s no substitute for experience in a world where things rarely go by the book. Enter the Honors College Capstone Research Summer Program at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), which gives up to 15 Honors students the opportunity to gain practical, ...
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HudsonAlpha developing genetics-based ovarian cancer treatments

September is ovarian cancer awareness month Annually, more than 20,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Of those, the disease is fatal to more than half. HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology is attacking ovarian cancer in numerous ways in an effort to lower those numbers … and save lives. “Ovarian cancer is difficult to detect early and challenging ...
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Key factor identified in gene silencing

A fertilized human egg develops into multiple tissues, organs and about 200 distinct cell types. Each cell type has the same genes, but they are expressed differently during development and in mature cells. Understanding the mechanisms that turn sets of genes on or off is a fundamental quest in biology, and one that has clinical importance ...

HudsonAlpha Institute and CHDI Foundation announce Huntington disease collaboration

Huntsville, Ala. — HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology and CHDI Foundation have announced a research collaboration to study the gene regulatory network controlling the expression of the huntingtin (HTT) gene that, when mutated, causes Huntington disease, a genetic neurodegenerative disorder characterized by the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. Richard M. Myers, PhD, president and science director at HudsonAlpha is ...
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State launches serious infectious disease network

In response to several national disease outbreaks, the Alabama Department of Public Health is launching a serious infectious disease network. The network will help identify and appropriately route patients for treatment if an outbreak occurs. A critical part of this network is the assessment hospital component, and three Alabama hospitals will be serving in this capacity: Huntsville Hospital, the University ...
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