Cornell-led project to improve grapes gets big boost

A Cornell-led project that uses genomic technology to create varieties that are more flavorful and sustainable has been renewed with a $6.5M USDA grant.

Embark donates to dogs uprooted by tropical storm Harvey

A Cornell-affiliated dog genetics company, Embark Veterinary, will donate 100 percent of their net profits to help canines affected by tropical storm Harvey from Aug. 30 to Sept. 3.

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Gene Madsen, expert in environmental microbiology, dies at 64

Eugene L. Madsen, M.S. ’81, Ph.D. ’85, professor of microbiology, died Aug. 9 in Freeville, New York. He was 64.

Study to explore how phosphorus cycles through the environment

A new grant to a researcher in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences aims to discover the ways phosphorus cycles in the environment.

Study: Drug may curb female infertility from cancer treatments

An existing drug may one day protect premenopausal women against life-altering infertility that commonly follows cancer treatments, according to a new study.

New initiative bridges plant breeding digital divide

The Open-source Breeding Informatics Initiative is helping bring cutting-edge crop breeding tools to breeders in developing countries.

Symposium addresses role of truth in universities, society

An academic symposium, “Universities and the Search for Truth,” held Aug. 24 in Bailey Hall, was part of the celebrations of Martha E. Pollack’s inauguration as Cornell’s 14th president.

Watch how Lab of Ornithology preserves bird sounds

The National Science Foundation just published a video shot at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology about the digitization of the Macaulay Library archive’s holdings.

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Study: Jumping gene steals bacterial ‘gene-editing’ system

A Cornell study describes for the first-time evidence of ‘jumping genes’ adopting a bacterial immune mechanism for transferring genetic material between bacteria and across bacterial species.