University of Utah biologists working in Turkey discovered two surprising facts about a group of 16 brown bears: First, six of the bears seasonally migrated between feeding and breeding sites, the first known brown bears to do so. Second, and more sobering, the other 10 bears stayed in one spot all year long: the city dump. Read More.
Scientists at the University of Utah, ARUP Laboratories, and IDbyDNA, Inc., have developed ultra-fast, meta-genomics analysis software called Taxonomer that dramatically improves the accuracy and speed of pathogen detection. In a paper published last month in Genome Biology, the collaborators demonstrated the ability of Taxonomer to analyze the sequences of all nucleic acids in a clinical specimen (DNA and RNA) and to detect pathogens, as well as profile the patient’s gene expression, in a matter of minutes. Read More.
When new AIDS virus particles bud from an infected cell, an enzyme named protease activates to help the viruses mature and infect more cells. That’s why modern AIDS drugs control the disease by inhibiting protease. Now, University of Utah researchers found a way to turn protease into a double-edged sword: They showed that if they delay the budding of new HIV particles, protease itself will destroy the virus instead of helping it spread. They say that might lead, in about a decade, to new kinds of AIDS drugs with fewer side effects. Read More.
The University of Utah ranked 32nd on Forbes “America’s Best Employers 2016” list, jumping four spots from last year. And for loyal U employees like Whit Hollis, director of the A. Ray Olpin Student Union, it’s no surprise. “I came to the U 15 years ago fully expecting to last about three to five and move on. I expected to find a very conservative, nonflexible community. What I found instead, was a caring community open to new ideas,” Hollis says. “Administration that did all it could to give me the tools to succeed. I found an environment where faculty staff and students worked together to solve problems, build community and where your efforts are appreciated and applauded.” Read More.
The struggles endured in recent years by America’s young people pale in comparison to those suffered by their peers in Spain and Greece, where nearly half of all young people are jobless. Still, finding employment in the U.S. — let alone laying the foundation for a long and prosperous career — is far from simple. Read More.