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The sweet side of science, modified
Science communication comes in many shapes, sizes and now tastes, thanks to an eye-catching food truck that encourages scientists to talk with the public about food security and genetic modification.
  • Food
  • Global Development
  • Genetics
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Sled dogs lead the way in quest to slow aging
By the end of her racing days, she had competed twice in sled dog racing’s equivalent to the Olympics – the International Federation of Sleddog Sports World Championships. And she ended her racing career with a bang, winning an extremely...
  • Animal Science
  • Animals
  • Health + Nutrition
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Meet our faculty: Xiangtao Xu
Academic focus: Ecological modeling, vegetation-environment Interactions, plant functional ecology, plant hydraulics, ecological remote sensing, global change biology Previous positions: Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Organismic...
  • Atkinson Center
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Environment
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Simoes-Costa wins $2.3M NIH New Innovator Award
With a grant of $2,355,000 over five years, Marcos Simoes-Costa, assistant professor of molecular biology and genetics, will investigate how the spatial complexity of an organism is generated in early development. “For the human body to be...
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Health + Nutrition
  • Biology
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Eastern Broccoli Project on track to meet $100M goal
“I think we’re going to hit it,” said Thomas Björkman, Cornell professor of horticulture and the project’s principal investigator. Between 2012 and 2017, the number of New York state broccoli farms increased from 290 to 535, and the number of...
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section

News & Events


Cornell-discovered shrimp makes 2019 top 10, but not for taste

James Morin, professor emeritus in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and former director of the Shoals Marine Laboratory, first discovered that Caribbean ostracods use bioluminescence in courtship signaling in 1980. Last fall...

  • Shoals Marine Laboratory
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Biology
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Sequencing hornwort genomes could improve crops
Fay-Wei Li, adjunct assistant professor of plant biology and a faculty member of the Boyce Thompson Institute, and researchers from across the globe sequenced the genomes of three hornworts, illuminating the dawn of land plants. The group also...
  • Boyce Thompson Institute
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Biology Section