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Scientists Gear up to Fight Deadly Snake Fungal Disease

Jul 15, 2014 / Comparative Biosciences News

Now we can identify the infections earlier, we can intervene earlier and we can potentially increase our success of treatment or therapy. Researchers have developed a faster and more accurate way to test for infection with Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola, a fungus that is killing snakes in the Midwest and eastern United States. The test also allows...

A Minute with … Jodi Flaws on bisphenol A

Jun 12, 2014 / Comparative Biosciences News

Researchers have conducted hundreds of studies of the potential health effects of exposure to bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical compound found in some plastic food containers, cash-register receipts and resin coatings in food-storage cans. Because it is a hormone mimic, a key concern is that exposure to BPA disrupts normal reproductive function. University of Illinois...

Study of Plastics’ Impact on Human Development Funded for 5 Years

Aug 14, 2013 / Comparative Biosciences News

A University of Illinois research program that investigates the health effects of exposure to chemicals widely used in plastics has received a five-year, $8 million grant as part of the Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers program, jointly funded through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and the National Institute of Environmental Health...