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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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Breaking through the shell

Researchers create technique for opening insects’ exoskeletons to study living cells
Insects are tough animals to study. One reason is their armor-like coating, called an exoskeleton, which protects their organs. Researchers have discovered a technique to open the exoskeleton in order to study living organs and cells.

Parkinson's disease protection may begin in the gut

UI researchers find intestinal cells’ immune response protects vital neurons
The gut may play a key role in preventing the onset of Parkinson's disease. UI biologists found that in roundworms, an immune response from intestinal cells sparks a series of chemical signals that ultimately preserves neurons whose death is associated with Parkinson's. The results appear in the journal "Cell Reports."

Popular Mechanics Can an alarm clock really help you sleep better?

Eric Dyken, director of the UI's Sleep Disorders Program, says the body produces melatonin when it gets dark, and as melatonin levels rise, people get drowsy and eventually fall asleep. The use of alarm clocks with bright light can affect sleep patterns. 

Benj Revis works in his lab.

The UI's professional glassblower

Benjamin Revis custom designs and repairs equipment for researchers and artists alike
The University of Iowa has employed an on-campus glassblower for more than a century. Benjamin Revis, the UI's current professional scientific glassblower, custom designs and repairs equipment for researchers and artists alike. His shop is located in the Chemistry Building, but he performs work university wide.
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Chemistry Herky

Sophomore seamlessly synthesizes success from research, theater, jewelry design, and 'mascot security'
University of Iowa sophomore Erica Cole’s passion for chemistry, theater, jewelry design, and Herky Security helps her skillfully combine the arts and sciences. Her chemistry faculty mentor says Cole "epitomizes the kind of liberal arts student we want at Iowa."
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UI computer scientists develop algorithm to measure life satisfaction on Twitter
New research by University of Iowa computer scientists uses Twitter data to study how satisfied users are with their lives.