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CU Boulder Scientists Win $1.75M NSF Grant to Study Microbes That Live in Snow

NEW YORK, Aug. 18 (GenomeWeb News) - Researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder have won a five-year, $1.75 million grant from the National Science Foundation to study novel microorganisms from Colorado's high mountains, the university said yesterday.


The scientists will focus on microorganisms living under snowfields and glaciers, using a technique to extract DNA from the soil coupled with PCR to identify them. They will also attempt to grow the microbes in the laboratory to test their physiology and genetics further.


The new organisms could be of interest to the chemical industry, providing enzymes that work at low temperatures, according to the scientists.

The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.