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Figuring Out How Microplastics Move From Mussels To Fish

Figuring Out How Microplastics Move From Mussels To Fish
Microscopic beads and fabrics float in our waterways, get ingested by fish and other creatures, and impact the environment in lots of negative ways. But despite that knowledge, there is little we know about how these microplastics first enter aquatic food webs. In a pilot study, researchers at the University...

Identifying DNA and Developing Data

Identifying DNA and Developing Data
When it comes to battling disease and maintaining healthy environments, DNA sequencing can be imperative to success. At the University of Notre Dame, the Genomics and Bioinformatics Core Facility (GBCF) supports research in many areas that increasingly rely on DNA sequencing, including cancer biology, vector-borne diseases, the development of drug...

Students share Galapagos Islands diversity with area children

Students share Galapagos Islands diversity with area children
Days before their Fall Break trip to the Galapagos Islands as part of a course in the Department of Biological Sciences, 14 Notre Dame undergraduates introduced the Darwin-inspiring islands to youngsters at the Robinson Community Learning Center who will be “virtual explorers” with them through the adventure.

New Device Could Detect GMOs That Have Escaped Into Environment

New Device Could Detect GMOs That Have Escaped Into Environment
Researchers led by Rice University Professor Scott Egan have received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to detect genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the environment.  The research team is developing a tool Egan said is the ecologist’s version of a Star Trek tricorder, according to…

Eco-detector will hunt GMOs that escape to environment

Eco-detector will hunt GMOs that escape to environment
Rice University scientists are leading an effort to detect genetically modified organisms in the environment. With federal support, researchers led by Rice's Scott Egan, an assistant professor of biosciences, are building tools to detect, quantify and track the dispersal of genetically engineered crops and animals and their byproducts.…

Shogren wins EPA graduate fellowship

Shogren wins EPA graduate fellowship
Biological sciences doctoral candidate, Arial Shogren, has been awarded the Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Graduate Fellowship from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Shogren received the $132,000 grant for her project, “Modeling the Transport of Environmental DNA (eDNA)” in the EPA’s Emerging Environmental Approaches and Challenges Innovation program.