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Obesity-Related Gut Bacteria Higher in People in Northern Climes

UANews | February 14, 2014
People living in cold, northern latitudes have bacteria in their guts that may predispose them to obesity, a new study has found. The differences in gut microbe communities may stem from an evolutionary trend favoring bacteria that help metabolize food more effectively in colder climates, according to the researchers.

UA Study on Flu Evolution May Change Textbooks, History Books

UANews | February 14, 2014
A new study reconstructing the evolutionary tree of flu viruses challenges conventional wisdom and solves some of the mysteries surrounding flu outbreaks of historical significance, including the influenza pandemic of 1918. The research is likely to change how scientists and health experts look at the history of influenza virus, as well as how it travels among birds, humans, horses and pigs.

UA and Arizona Celebrate STEM Fields with Annual SciTech Festival

UANews | February 14, 2014
The UA joins the state of Arizona during February and March to celebrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics with the annual Arizona SciTech Festival. Events for the festival are held across the state, and include expos, discussions, activities and shows for everyone from kids to adults.

Pizza Herb Could Help Curb Foodborne Illness

UANews | February 11, 2014
Carvacrol, the primary active component in oregano oil, effectively kills norovirus, a common cause of foodborne illness outbreaks in hospitals, schools and cruise ships, UA researchers have found. Their study is the first to shed light on exactly how the plant compound renders the virus ineffective.

A New Tool in the Search for Extraterrestrial Life: A Tricked-Out Point-and-Shoot

UANews | February 7, 2014
UA engineers have turned an off-the-shelf digital camera into an imaging device that could be key in the search for life forms on other planets. Unlike existing cameras, the prototype developed by the UA-led team can photograph things up close and far away, with a price tag of less than $200.

UA Regents' Professor Elected to National Academy of Engineering

UANews | February 7, 2014
Harrison Barrett, a UA Regents' Professor who has made groundbreaking advances in medical imaging, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Barrett directs the UA Center for Gamma-Ray Imaging, which develops new imaging tools for basic research in fields like cardiovascular disease, cognitive neuroscience, breast cancer and tumor detection.