Category Archives: Research

Do they work? Nutritional supplement ingredients tested by Auburn University researchers

Do they work? Nutritional supplement ingredients tested by Auburn University researchersAUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University researchers are testing the safety and efficacy of the ingredients of nutritional supplements with the help of a gift from 4Life, a company known for its immune system support products.

Faculty and students in the Molecular and Applied Sciences Lab in the School of Kinesiology are interested in nutrition and exercise and how they improve biological or physiological markers. The researchers look at specific dietary ingredients and how they affect different physiological systems both with and without exercise.

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Auburn researchers make breakthrough discovery about evolution of spiders and their webs

A study by Auburn University researchers could overturn long-held paradigms about the evolution of spider webs.AUBURN UNIVERSITY – A group of Auburn researchers has published a study that could overturn some long-held paradigms regarding spider web evolution.

Because of similarities in behaviors associated with web construction and the complicated nature of the webs, it has long been thought that all orb-weaving spiders shared a common ancestor. The study shows that spiders that weave orb-shaped webs are not all closely related and that the orb web was likely not the pinnacle of web evolution.

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Auburn scientists design leading therapeutic drug in fight against Ebola virus

Auburn scientists design promising drug candidate to fight the deadly Ebola virusAUBURN UNIVERSITY—An Auburn University research team has produced a new drug candidate that could one day slow or even stop the deadly Ebola virus. The discovery will be published in an upcoming issue of the journal Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry.

The group, led by professor of chemistry and biochemistry Stewart Schneller, has designed a compound aimed at reversing the immune-blocking abilities of certain viruses, including Ebola.

“In simple terms, the Ebola virus has the ability to turn off the body’s natural immune response,” Schneller said. “We have made a small tweak in compound structure that will turn that response back on.”

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Auburn and Alabama business professors team up to pinpoint ideal locations for rural telemedicine health centers

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The world gets smaller as we use smartphones, tablets and laptops to communicate each day, touching every aspect of our lives. But can that technology aid in rural areas when someone needs to make a lengthy trip to see a medical specialist?

Business professors from Auburn University and the University of Alabama have collaborated on research that could ease the state’s health care access problem and give rural residents an alternative to traveling long distances to see that specialist.

Rafay Ishfaq, assistant professor of supply chain management in Auburn’s Raymond J. Harbert College of Business, and Uzma Raja, associate professor of management information systems in Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Commerce, applied supply chain and business analytics principles in research that introduces telemedicine to the public. Supply chain management involves managing all the activities that deliver products to the consumer in an effective and efficient way.

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Auburn University opens unique, world-class plasma physics research laboratory today

AUBURN UNIVERSITY — Auburn’s College of Sciences and Mathematics introduced its one-of-a-kind Magnet Laboratory and 6,000-pound superconducting magnet at an open house today.

The facility, housed in the Department of Physics, will support plasma physics research for Auburn University faculty and students, as well as national and international scientists who will come to Auburn to perform experimental and theoretical studies. The magnet will allow researchers to shape the structure of the magnetic field and as a result, to perform potentially ground-breaking experiments.

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Auburn scientists make ground-breaking discovery in the field of evolutionary study

Auburn University scientists have made a discovery that shakes the very foundation of the evolutionary study of the animal kingdom.AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University scientists have made a discovery that shakes the very foundation of the evolutionary study of the animal kingdom.

For more than a century, researchers have believed that sponges represented the earliest living lineages of the animal tree. Thanks to modern genomic sequencing techniques, scientists in Auburn’s College of Sciences and Mathematics discovered that ctenophores, or comb jellies, are actually at the base of the animal kingdom. The research results have been published in the journal Nature and can be read at this link: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature13400.html

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