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Some Anti-Inflammatory Drugs Affect More Than Their Targets

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Researchers have discovered that three commonly used nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, alter the activity of enzymes within cell membranes. Their finding suggests that, if taken at higher-than-approved doses and/or for long periods of time, these prescription-level NSAIDs and other drugs that affect the membrane may produce wide-ranging and unwanted side effects.

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Biologists Reprogram Skin Cells to Mimic Rare Disease

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Stem cell biologists have reprogrammed skin cells from patients with a rare genetic disorder, called familial dysautonomia, into neural crest cells that mimic and display many biological features of the disease. The research expedites the creation of these precursor cells from any patient with a neural crest-related disorder, allowing scientists to study each patient’s disorder at the cellular level.

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Professor’s Data Mining Research Recognized for Standing ‘Test of Time’

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A UALR Department of Information Science professor has received a prestigious “Test of Time Award” in recognition of the groundbreaking research he conducted nearly 20 years ago.

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The Oldest Metal Object Found to Date in the Middle East

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A copper awl, the oldest metal object found to date in the Middle East, was discovered during the excavations at Tel Tsaf.

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CloudLab Will Allow Tests of New Cloud Architectures

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Computer systems engineers have a three-year NSF grant to create a new instrument for the national research community known as a cloud laboratory. CloudLab will allow scientists to run huge or complex experiments on an enormous and flexible new shared network of reliable, secure, fast computers.

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Water Leads to Chemical That Gunks Up Biofuels Production

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Trying to understand the chemistry that turns plant material into the same energy-rich gasoline and diesel we put in our vehicles, researchers have discovered that water in the conversion process helps form an impurity which, in turn, slows down key chemical reactions.

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How Lizards Regenerate Their Tails: Researchers Discover Genetic ‘Recipe’

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By understanding the secret of how lizards regenerate their tails, researchers may be able to develop ways to stimulate the regeneration of limbs in humans. Now, a team of researchers from Arizona State University is one step closer to solving that mystery. The scientists have discovered the genetic “recipe” for lizard tail regeneration, which may come down to using genetic ingredients in just the right mixture and amounts.

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Early Bottlenecks in Developing Biopharmaceutical Products Delay Commercialization

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An analysis of patented university inventions licensed to biotechnology firms has revealed early bottlenecks on the path to commercialization. To open these roadblocks, the researchers suggest that better communication of basic research results during the discovery stage could lead to faster commercialization down the road.

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International Firm Taps UALR-Assisted Startup for Water Purification

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An Arkansas-based company headed by an organic chemist has partnered with AbTech Industries to address the removal of heavy metals and other soluble impurities from contaminated water

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