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Cornell is 10th in surveys of life sciences and international relations

The Scientist magazine announced that Cornell ranks 10th in its survey of the best places in the United States for life scientists to work in academia. And Foreign Policy said Cornell offered the 10th best education in the country for students interested in pursuing an international relations career in academia. (November 07, 2005)

Natural selection has strongly influenced recent human evolution, Cornell/Celera Genomics study finds

The most detailed analysis to date of how humans differ from one another at the DNA level shows strong evidence that natural selection has shaped the recent evolution of our species, according to researchers from Cornell University, Celera Genomics and Celera Diagnostics.

Cornell signs research agreement with Japan's genome research institute

Officials from the National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences, Japan's largest agricultural research institute, signed a memorandum of understanding Oct. 10 to foster research collaborations with Cornell University. (October 18, 2005)

Cornell marine biologist's persistence leads to discovery of invasive sea squirts in vital Maine fishing grounds

Robin Hadlock Seeley, a Cornell marine biologist, spearheaded an invasive species survey of Cobscook Bay, Maine, that has discovered a sea squirt there that could potentially threaten the important fishing area.

Cornell conservationists propose allowing wild animals to roam parts of North America

If Cornell University researchers and their colleagues have their way, cheetahs, lions, elephants, camels and other large wild animals may soon roam parts of North America. (Aug. 17, 2005)

CU researchers announce new technique for rapidly detecting illness-causing bacteria in food

Cornell scientists have developed a rapid, less costly and sensitive new technique for detecting group A streptococcus, the bacteria that cause scarlet fever. Details will be announced July 18 at the Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting and Food Expo in New Orleans.

Lactose intolerance seems linked to ancestral struggles with harsh climate and cattle diseases, Cornell study finds

A new Cornell study finds that it is primarily people whose ancestors came from places where dairy herds could be raised safely and economically, such as in Europe, who have developed the ability to digest milk. (June 1, 2005)

After quantum dots, now come glowing 'Cornell dots,' for biological tagging, imaging and optical computing

Move over, quantum dots. Make way for the new kids on the block -- brightly glowing nanoparticles dubbed "Cornell dots." By surrounding fluorescent dyes with a protective silica shell, researchers have created fluorescent nanoparticles with possible applications in displays, biological imaging, optical computing, sensors and microarrays such as DNA chips. (May 19, 2005)

Cornell NEMS device detects the mass of a single DNA molecule

Some people are never satisfied. First, nanotechnology researchers at Cornell built a device so sensitive it could detect the mass of a single bacterium - about 665 femtograms. Then they built one that could sense the presence of a single virus - about 1.5 femtograms. Now, with a refined technique, they have detected a single DNA molecule, weighing in at 995,000 Daltons - a shade more than 1 attogram - and can even count the number of DNA molecules attached to a single receptor by noting the difference in mass. (May 18, 2005)