Saturday, February 01, 2014
UCF: Space Flies Offer Clues About Microgravity's Impact on Astronauts

uit flies bred in space are offering scientists a clue as to how astronauts’ immune systems may be damaged during prolonged space travel. A team of researchers from the University of California at Davis and the University of Central Florida has been studying the impact weightlessness has on fruit flies in space.  ..

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Wednesday, December 05, 2012
No Mistakes at the Lake - Lake Nona and Florida's High-tech Future

From the get-go, what has distinguished the “Medical City” development in the Lake Nona area of Orlando is its scope. Even with the resources of Joe Lewis’ Tavistock Corp., it was no easy feat to bring together, on one site, so many powerful institutions: The Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, the newly opened Nemours Children’s Hospital, the University of Central Florida’s College of Medicine, a University of Florida research and academic center, an M.D. Anderson research operation and a new Orlando VA Medical Center, which will be the largest VA hospital in the country. ..

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Research giants tout programs, growth

Leaders of regional bioscience research giants shared details of their growth and research progress Friday at the Palm Beach Business Group’s second Biotech Breakfast at The Breakers. ..

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Monday, June 25, 2012
Report shows growing impact of Florida’s bioscience industry

Last week, the University of Florida (UF) and the UF Sid Martin Biotechnology Incubator published the first edition of its new Florida’s BioPulse report, which shows the increasing impact of the bioscience industry on Florida’s economy. Even though major life-science clusters—such as Jupiter, Port St. Lucie, and Lake Nona’s Medical City in Orlando—didn’t exist five years ago, Florida’s bioscience industry has shown an impressive growth and resilience despite the recent recession. ..

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Tuesday, February 07, 2012
IDEA Camp For Entrepreneurs With BioMed Plans

Entrepreneurs with products and services related to the life sciences, biotech and medical fields soon will have an opportunity to share and hone their ideas alongside vetted professionals. The Tampa Bay Innovation Center, formerly known as Startec, is partnering with St. Petersburg College Collaborative Labs, BioFlorida, Florida Medical Manufacturers' Consortium and Moffitt Cancer Center to present an IDEA Camp Wednesday, March 21, 2012, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the St. Petersburg College Collaborative Labs in Clearwater.  ..

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Thursday, January 19, 2012
UF study: ‘Rules’ may govern genome evolution in young plant species

A new University of Florida study shows a hybrid plant species may experience rapid genome evolution in predictable patterns, meaning evolution repeats itself in populations of independent origin. ..

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Saturday, January 07, 2012
A year of big changes for Medical City at Lake Nona

The heart of the growing Lake Nona development, Medical City is shaping up to be just what its visionaries hoped: one of the nation's leading bioscience clusters. This year, as three major medical institutions open, the complex will take a giant step in that direction. The University of Florida Research and Academic Center will open in summer, followed by the Orlando Veteran's Affairs Medical Center and Nemours Children's Hospital in the fall. ..

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011
BioFlorida’s 14th Annual Conference Sets Attendance Record

With Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn providing the official proclamation that Oct. 23-29 is “Bioscience Week” in Tampa Bay and Gov. Rick Scott announcing via video that it was “Bioscience Week” in the state, the momentum and energy associated with Florida’s burgeoning bioscience industry was very much on display at the 14th Annual BioFlorida Conference. More than 550 investors, scientists and other industry professionals attended the three-day event held Oct. 23-25 at the Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina in Tampa, Fla., setting a record for conference attendance. ..

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Monday, September 12, 2011
New Stable Isotope Mass Spectrometers Provide ‘Clumps’ of Opportunities for Cutting Edge Science

The Division of Marine Geology and Geophysics at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has kicked off the fall semester with the inauguration of sophisticated equipment that will help scientists study stable isotopes in a new manner. Stable isotopes are used by biogeochemists to help establish climate patterns from hundreds of thousands of years ago, using small organisms found in sediment cores. ..

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Friday, August 12, 2011
USDA, DOE award 10 R&D grants for advanced bioenergy feedstocks

In Washington, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the USDA and DOE have awarded 10 grants totaling $12.2 million to spur research into improving the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of growing biofuel and bioenergy crops.  The USDA and DOE projects are designed to improve special crops to be grown for biofuels-including selected trees and grasses-by increasing their yield, quality and ability to adapt to extreme environments.  The research will be conducted on switchgrass, poplar, Miscanthus and Brachypodium, among other plants. The 10 projects are located in California, Colorado, Illinois, Florida, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Virginia.
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