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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.

Missouri Research Consortium Receives $20 Million Grant from National Science Foundation to Study Impacts of Climate Variability

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $20 million grant to fund a five-year, multi-institutional project to study climate variability and its potential agricultural, ecological and social impacts in Missouri.

University of Missouri Named a Preferred Contractor in a Major Department of Defense Award

A collaboration between the University of Missouri’s Nuclear Science and Engineering Institute (NSEI) and Center for Physical and Power Electronics has been named a preferred contractor by the Department of Defense for the Defense Systems Technical Area Tasks (DS TATs).

MU Scientists Call for Increased Conservation Efforts to Save Black Bears

Researchers at the University of Missouri have analyzed genetic diversity in black bears in the CIH and have determined that coordinated conservation management is still needed to maintain healthy populations of black bears in the region.

MU Researcher Develops and Proves Effectiveness of New Drug for Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Researchers at the University of Missouri have made a recent breakthrough with the development of a new compound found to be highly effective in animal models of the disease.

Fear of Losing Money, Not Spending Habits, Affects Investor Risk Tolerance, MU Study Finds

Michael Guillemette, an assistant professor of personal financial planning in the University of Missouri College of Human Environmental Sciences, along with David Nanigian, an associate professor at the American College, analyzed the causes of risk tolerance and found that loss aversion, or the fear of losing money, is the primary factor that explains investors’ risk tolerance.

Informal Child Care Significantly Impacts Rural Economies, MU Study Finds

University of Missouri researchers have studied the child-care sector in Kansas, particularly in rural areas, and have found that informal child care services create a large economic impact in the state.

Duck Migration Study Reveals Importance of Conserving Wetlands, MU Researchers Find

During the 2011 and 2012 migration seasons, University of Missouri researchers monitored mallard ducks with new remote satellite tracking technology, marking the first time ducks have been tracked closely during the entirety of their migration from Canada to the American Midwest and back.

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