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April 30, 2009

Plant genetics get precise

For years scientists have altered the DNA of plants, with benefits such as high-yield crops or more colorful roses. But the method is imprecise and has created controversy over the effects of genetic tinkering. Now University of Minnesota researchers have discovered a better technique, one that pinpoints where the change will take place. Professor of genetics, cell biology and development Dan Voytas explains.


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April 23, 2009

When mom and dad start Facebooking

A few years ago online social networking sites such as Facebook were dominated by college students. Now mom and dad have discovered they can use them, too. That was one of the reasons why Marj Savage, Parent Program director at the University of Minnesota, has updated her college-parenting book, You're On Your Own (But I'm Here If You Need Me). Savage says parents are increasingly embracing social networking, which is unsettling for some newly independent students.


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April 16, 2009

U of M adding up the little things for one big energy savings

It sure will be a beautiful day on the University of Minnesota campus this Thursday. In the past Beautiful U Day has been an annual event focused on campus aesthetics but this year the priority is energy conservation. Tim Busse, University Services communications director, says the day's “It All Adds Up” theme is about getting everyone on campus together to think about the little ways to cut energy consumption.


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April 9, 2009

Don't let these tax incentives pass you by

People might be wrapping up their 2008 taxes this week but with the recently passed federal stimulus bill there is a lot to take advantage of for the next tax season. Paul Gutterman, accounting senior lecturer at the University of Minnesota Carlson School and tax code expert, outlines some of the top incentives the bill offers.


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April 2, 2009

Drug found to help those addicted to stealing

It's a drug that's been around for 30 years to fight addictive behaviors such as alcoholism, but researchers at the University of Minnesota have recently found another use for Naltrexone: preventing kleptomania, the recurring urge to steal. In studies of shoplifters, associate professor of psychiatry Jon Grant discovered that those receiving the drug experienced a significantly reduced desire to steal. To understand how it works, Grant says you must first understand how the brain handles pleasure.


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