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Understanding Genetic Differences Will Help Manage an Idaho Pest

A Wireworm is the small grub-like larva of a click beetle. It’s a major pest to Idaho farmers, and poses a continually growing economic threat. Researchers at the University of Idaho and the Idaho Wheat Commission have found that two species of wireworms are actually comprised of multiple genetically distinct groups that are divergent enough to be considered unique species. They found a total of five potential species, which means that managing these pests could be even more difficult.

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Zebrafish May Hold Clues for Retinal Regeneration in Humans

What can zebrafish do that humans can’t? They can regenerate damaged neurons in their retina, for starters. Assistant Professor Diana Mitchell in the Department of Biological Sciences recently received $1.25 million of direct funding from the National institutes of Health (NIH) to study specialized immune cells called microglia and macrophages, to determine if the function of these cells could help explain why zebrafish have this ability and humans don’t.

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Genomics Laboratory Coordinator Position

IBEST is looking for our newest team member! The Genomics Laboratory Coordinator is a full time position that is involved with next generation technologies in studies of genetics, genomics, and related efforts.

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Flipped sex roles in pipefish, seahorse topic of U of I research

The Jones Lab recently received two grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) valued at about $1.5 million to further research how sexual selection and sexual conflict — which gives rise to different characteristics in males and females ­­— affect the genome. Combined, the studies will last four years.

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U of I Research Team Earns Nearly $6M to Battle Lyme Disease, Surging Tick-Borne Illnesses

University of Idaho researchers are leading a nearly $6 million National Science Foundation (NSF) cooperative agreement, using large and complex data sets to improve prediction and response measures for tick-borne diseases.

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