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knapp-terriercancerExposure to cigarette smoke increases cancer risk in dogs

Dogs are humans’ best friends. Need to quickly locate a bomb? There’s a dog for that. Can’t see very well? There’s a dog for that. Searching for a lost hiker in the mountains or survivors in an earthquake, diagnosing illness, comforting the bereft — there are dogs for every need.

andrisani-livercancerDiscovery points to new approach to treating liver cancer

A breakthrough in the understanding of the relationship between a naturally occurring enzyme and the liver cancer drug sorafenib could improve the effectiveness of the drug, which currently prolongs the life of liver cancer patients for only two to three months. A study of the relationship between the enzyme DDX5, liver cancer and sorafenib, published in the Nature journal Cell Death Disease, points to the potential for a more effective therapy that combines existing anti-cancer drugs with treatments that spur production of this enzyme.

baghbanbashi-schlenklinePurdue engineer works to improve formulation of RNA-based pharmaceuticals

A team of university and industry researchers is developing new formulations and manufacturing processes for the messenger RNA (mRNA) delivery systems used in some COVID vaccines.

oliver-drypathogenDry-surface foodborne pathogens under scrutiny at Purdue

During 2021 and 2022, national news reported on four infants being hospitalized and two dying after consuming infant formula tainted with Cronobacter sakazakii. The reports sparked the prolonged shutdown of a production plant that produced large quantities of the formula, leading to a monthslong nationwide shortage of infant formula.

dykhuizen-labPurdue strengths in biotech manufacturing part of new federally designated Regional Technology and Innovation Hub won by the state of Indiana

Purdue University is part of a consortium of Indiana stakeholders successful in securing a Regional Technology and Innovation Hub (Tech Hub) designation by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration, which recognizes regions poised to ensure the U.S. is globally competitive in areas that are key to national security.

ferreira-traskPurdue lipid biomarker panels perform real-time, point-of-care sample analysis in industrial and agricultural settings

Purdue University researchers are using mass spectrometry, a century-old analytical technique performed by experts in a laboratory, to monitor and analyze patterns of molecules in real-time, point-of-care applications in industrial and agricultural settings by nonexpert users.

yoon-arabidopsis$1.1 million grant to fund research on molecular response of plants to environmental stress

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $1.1 million grant to Purdue University’s Gyeong Mee Yoon to research how plants acclimate to environmental stress. Her findings could have implications for food security in an era of climate change.

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