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Study: Big plant-eating birds that dwell with others on islands live longest

Research may help explain underlying evolutionary principles that shape life spans for many organisms, including humans.

Genetic study traces African-Americans' ancestry

The research could have implications for reconstructing personal ancestries, personalized medicine, drug treatments and mapping risk factors for such common diseases as hypertension and diabetes. (Dec. 22, 2009)

Lessons from the ivory-billed woodpecker

Ron Rohrbaugh of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology uses the ivory-billed woodpecker to illustrate the concept of a 'lost' species, one that is so rare that it is not able to be detected or studied. (Dec. 22, 2009)

Protein known for repressing genes may play role in cell growth and cancer

A Cornell study shows the protein not only activates some genes involved in the regulation of cell growth and signaling, but also may play a role in preventing cancers by inhibiting cell proliferation. (Dec. 18, 2009)

$1 million NSF grant aims to diversify graduate life sciences

The Biology Research Fellows Program, a new program that aims to broaden the pipeline of underrepresented minorities entering life sciences graduate fields, has announced its inaugural class. (Dec. 17, 2009)

Cornell Companions animals lend a paw (or hoof, or wing)

About 100 humans and their dogs, cats, birds and even pet camel are part of Cornell Companions, a pet visitation group that visits schools, nursing homes and other institutions.

Life sciences task force recommends solidifying areas of strength, coordinating curriculum, consolidating fields

The forum was the fifth of six public discussions about task force reports that address ways to strengthen the university while addressing the budget deficit.

Study: Females become sexual showoffs in cooperative breeding species

A new study suggests that females that breed in groups and find themselves under pressure to find a mate evolve the same kinds of embellishments as males do. (Dec. 9, 2009)

Life sciences task force calls for coordinated curriculum

A handful of faculty attended the informal Dec. 3 brown-bag lunch hosted by Provost Kent Fuchs to discuss the findings of the life sciences task force.