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UI biologists identify reproductive traffic cop

Protein dictates speed at which chromosomes pair up, pass DNA
University of Iowa researchers have found a protein that regulates how chromosomes pair up and pass genetic information. FDK-6 dictates the speed at which maternal and paternal chromosome strands move and join in roundworms. The findings were published online this month in “The Journal of Cell Biology.”

Honors Michael Welsh receives 2017 Steven C. Beering Award

Welsh is director of the UI’s Pappajohn Biomedical Institute. His primary areas of research are cystic fibrosis pathogenesis and therapies, and the influence of brain pH on memory.
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Lunar sonic booms

UI scientist gives talk about mini shock waves on the moon at major scientific meeting
University of Iowa physicist Jasper Halekas discussed new findings about the physics surrounding mini shock waves produced on the moon at the American Geophysical Union fall meeting in San Francisco on Dec. 14. The findings come from NASA’s ARTEMIS mission, of which Halekas is the deputy principal investigator.
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A new leader for the UI Department of Biology

Diane Slusarski is first woman to head the department
On July 1, 2016, Diane Slusarski became departmental executive officer of the University of Iowa Department of Biology. Slusarski is the first woman to lead the department, and she aims to set a new course while being an example of female leadership in a STEM field.
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Iowa’s cancer-fighting antibody bank

UI home to antibody collection valued at $250 million, priceless in application
Around the corner from University of Iowa biology professor David Soll’s office is an exclusive reservoir of biological agents used by researchers worldwide seeking to cure cancer. Its mission is deeply personal for Soll. He lost his wife to cancer, and he wants to put an end to the disease.

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