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New MU Metagenomics Center to Make Important Research Process Cheaper, Faster

University of Missouri officials celebrate the opening of the MU Metagenomics Center, located at Discovery Ridge Research Park. The new center will serve as a comprehensive resource for microbiological research performed at Mizzou, other universities and private entities around the country.

EXPERTS AVAILABLE: Tips, Advice as Students Head Back to School From MU Researchers

As the days grow shorter, families are preparing for another year of school while enjoying the last few days of summer. For many parents, the return to school can be stressful with concerns about how to ensure their children’s academic and personal success. Children may also have concerns about fitting in with a new group of people and whether they “fell behind” in their academic progress from the year before.

EXPERTS AVAILABLE: Tips, Advice as Students Head Back to School From MU Researchers

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Understanding Salamander Breeding Patterns May Lead to Better Forest Management, Conservation Strategies

With changing environments, pond-breeding salamanders face increasingly hazardous treks as the space between breeding ponds and their non-breeding habitat widens or is degraded. A study from the University of Missouri suggests that a salamander’s success may depend more on when it breeds than on the landscape obstacles it might face. Scientists believe that knowing the patterns in which salamanders move back and forth could lead to better forest management and conservation strategies.

To Restore Trust in Online Transactions, Retailers Need to Develop a Virtual Handshake

At one time, transactions between merchants and consumers were often sealed with a handshake. This handshake was more than a kind gesture—it helped reassure both parties that the other was committed to the deal and would correct any problems. As more transactions occur online, finding fair and efficient resolution of problems that arise can be challenging. In a new book, a University of Missouri legal expert says it’s in the best interest of both retailers and consumers to establish a new virtual handshake to bring trust back into such interactions.

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Ancient Italian Fossils Reveal Risk of Parasitic Infections Due to Climate Change

In 2014, a team of researchers led by a paleobiologist from the University of Missouri found that clams from the Holocene Epoch (that began 11,700 years ago) contained clues about how sea level rise due to climate change could foreshadow a rise in parasitic trematodes, or flatworms. The team cautioned that the rise could lead to outbreaks in human infections if left unchecked. Now, an international team from Mizzou and the Universities of Bologna and Florida has found that rising seas could be detrimental to human health on a much shorter time scale. Findings from their study in northern Italy suggest that parasitic infections could increase in the next century, if history repeats itself.

Piglets Might Unlock Keys to In Vitro Fertilization in Humans

It is estimated that parents seeking to have children through in vitro fertilization (IVF) spend between $12,000 and $15,000 each session plus the cost of medications, which could average between $3,000 and $5,000. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri publishing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science have made a discovery that could decrease the costs associated with IVF in humans—and it all started with piglets.

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