Kevin Folta, professor and chair of UF’s horticultural sciences department, explains the relationship between a gene that controls cell identity in corn kernels and one that controls progression to specific cancers in humans.
Asphyxiation is a frightening experience, not just for the sufferer, but also for those who’ve witnessed someone’s inability to breath. University of South Florida professor Dr. Richard Lockey is working to prevent some people from ever facing that life-threatening attack.
Eyewitnesses identify more than 75,000 suspects each year in the United States and their testimonies are one of the most compelling and powerful forms of evidence for a jury. But, it’s not foolproof — just ask the 242 individuals who were mistakenly identified by eyewitnesses and served years in prison for crimes they did not commit until they were exonerated thanks to the introduction of DNA testing.
In March 2017, researchers at Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI) published a study in Neuron that challenges that idea, demonstrating that inhibitory neurons participate in finely-tuned, functionally-specific networks, similarly to excitatory neurons.
Researchers suspect that abnormalities in these networks may play a role in a variety of brain disorders, including autism and developmental disorders.