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MU Research of Zebrafish Neurons May Lead to Better Understanding of Birth Defects like Spina Bifida

The zebrafish, a tropical freshwater fish similar to a minnow and native to the southeastern Himalayan region, is well established as a key tool for researchers studying human diseases, including brain disorders. Using zebrafish, scientists can determine how individual neurons develop, mature and support basic functions like breathing, swallowing and jaw movement. Researchers at the University of Missouri say that learning about neuronal development and maturation in zebrafish could lead to a better understanding of birth defects such as spina bifida in humans.

Potential Cholesterol Lowering Drug Has Breast Cancer Fighting Capabilities, MU Researcher Finds

Researchers at the University of Missouri have proven that a compound initially developed as a cholesterol-fighting molecule not only halts the progression of breast cancer, but also can kill the cancerous cells.

MU Researcher Receives $330,000 National Science Foundation Grant to Study African Languages

Many languages spoken in Africa do not have a written tradition, and relatively few are well documented. In rural western Kenya, the oral traditions of several distinct varieties of Luyia, a cluster of Bantu languages of Kenya and Uganda, remain largely unstudied. With increasing pressure from the more widespread languages of Swahili and English, there are potential threats to the longevity of these languages. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have received a four-year $330,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to investigate these under-studied languages and document their linguistic properties.

MU Researchers Develop Free Online Database for Soybean Studies

In the era of “big data,” many scientific discoveries are being made without researchers ever stepping foot in traditional laboratories. Often, data from numerous experiments is gathered and disregarded, with only the desired results analyzed. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have developed the digital infrastructure needed to store previously disregarded data to take plant science to the next level. The Soybean Knowledge Base (SoyKB), a free online data resource, allows collaboration among international researchers, scientists and farmers to solve questions encountered in soybean research.

MU Scientists Successfully Transplant, Grow Stem Cells in Pigs

One of the biggest challenges for medical researchers studying the effectiveness of stem cell therapies is that transplants or grafts of cells are often rejected by the hosts. This rejection can render experiments useless, making research into potentially life-saving treatments a long and difficult process. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have shown that a new line of genetically modified pigs will host transplanted cells without the risk of rejection.

Seniors Who Exercise Regularly Experience Less Physical Decline as They Age, MU Study Finds

Researchers at the University of Missouri have found that older adults in retirement communities who reported more exercise experienced less physical decline than their peers who reported less exercise, although many adults — even those who exercised — did not complete muscle-strengthening exercises, which are another defense against physical decline.

For More Than Four Years, ‘The Mizzou Advantage’ has Encouraged Research Growth, Brought Nationally Renowned Faculty to Campus

Women’s Contraceptive Use Influenced by Previous Contraception Education and Moral Attitudes, MU Researcher Finds

MU researchers have determined that levels of prior sex education and moral attitudes toward contraception influence whether women use contraceptives to prevent pregnancy.

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