A popular sports supplement, chromium picolinate, can damage DNA and cause lethal mutations and sterility, according to new research outlined in an article published in a Spring 2003 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (paper #6646), and authored by Dr. John Vincent, chemistry professor in UA's College of Arts and Sciences.
Students at The University of Alabama have published their first edition of a scientific journal designed to highlight undergraduate student research at UA.
While the number of women scientists and engineers has certainly increased since the late 1970s, when Dr. Margaret Johnson was an undergraduate student, it has been a slow change.
It's commonly known as Japanese sweet flag, although scientists call it acorus. Prior to blooming, this plant's long, narrow, dark green blades remind the untrained of monkey grass. However, in the laboratories of The University of Alabama's Dr. David Oppenheimer, and in labs at three other prominent U.S. universities, this ordinary looking plant — and the nine other plant species under the researchers' scrutiny — is likely to give scientists new insights into the "abominable mystery" that is this planet's plant life.
University of Alabama researchers are analyzing data collected during a three-year study of mercury levels of fish in the state's rivers.
Unlike its well-publicized and environmentally troubled neighbor, the Cahaba, Alabama's Sipsey River doesn't get much attention. But a pair of University of Alabama researchers, who recently studied portions of the Sipsey's biodiversity, say waiting until environmental problems arise before appreciating the area's richness would be a mistake.
It's a tiny worm, so small you need a microscope to see it. But in the laboratory of Dr. Guy Caldwell, the worm may be poised to reveal some big secrets, giving scientists better insight into various neurological diseases.
NASA has awarded Dr. Janis O'Donnell, a University of Alabama professor of biological sciences, a three-year grant of more than $580,000 for research designed to provide more insight into the physiological effects of gravity changes.
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