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UF Postdocs and UF Postdoc Alumni Making the News:

UF biologist discovers mammal with salamander-like regenerative abilities
Ashley W. Seifert, postdoctoral researcher in UF’s biology department

A small African mammal with an unusual ability to regrow damaged tissues could inspire new research in regenerative medicine, a University of Florida study finds.

For years biologists have studied salamanders for their ability to regrow lost limbs. But amphibian biology is very different than human biology, so lessons learned in laboratories from salamanders are difficult to translate into medical therapies for humans. New research in the Sept. 27 issue of the journal Nature describes a mammal that can regrow new body tissues following an injury. The African spiny mouse could become a new model for research in regenerative medicine.

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Local expert gets funding to develop food based on insects  
Aaron Dossey awarded grant to develop an insect-based food for children in famine-stricken areas
The Gainesville Sun

Gainesville entomologist Aaron Dossey wants to feed bugs to starving children to prevent malnutrition, and now he has a $100,000 grant to give it a shot.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on Wednesday awarded Dossey the grant to develop an insect-based food for children in famine-stricken areas of the world. Dossey said he plans to create a paste or other food product using insects such as crickets, which he said are more accessible than other ingredients in places lacking resources.

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How Planets Paint Rings Around Stars
Featuring Aaron Boley, UF Postdoctoral Fellow in Astronomy 
Time Magazine

For something formed by the iron hand of physics, the universe has a lovely aesthetic sense — its galaxies spiral, its novas explode, its nebuale spread like great, sculpted clouds. For sheer cosmic delicacy, however, few things can touch the planetary ring. Neptune has one, Uranus has one, and Saturn, of course, has a braided, nested collection of them. Now, a less well-known ring around an otherwise unremarkable star is providing a new way to find Earth-like planets beyond our own solar system.

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