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Participating in Cornell’s Prefreshman Summer Program (PSP) helped Canyon Cross ’25 – a first-generation college student from Texas who hopes to major in biology and society – realize in advance how challenging the work would be.
  • Biology

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The National Science Foundation has awarded a nearly $2 million collaborative research grant to principal investigators from Cornell, the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and the University of Maine to assess the effectiveness of open educational resources in teaching core biology concepts, facilitating student-centered learning and supporting diversity, equity and inclusion.

  • Biology
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Blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) are known to photosynthesize more efficiently than most crops, so researchers are working to put elements from cyanobacteria into crop plants. A new study describes a significant step towards achieving that goal...
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Biology
  • Environment
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Eventually, these findings could lead to a reliable CRISPR-Cas system that allows scientists to insert larger cargoes of genetic information into cells with more precision than current techniques allow, with far-reaching implications for...
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Genomics
  • Biology
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Paula Cohen, associate vice provost for life sciences, is leading an eight-year, $8 million, multi-institution grant to untangle the complex genetic rulebook for how sperm develops.

  • Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Genetics
  • Medicine
 Olivia Graham examines a seagrass meadow at low tide on the San Juan Islands

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To seek solutions, the National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Sciences and Environmental Biology awarded a four-year, $2.5 million grant to Drew Harvell, professor emeritus in ecology and evolutionary biology in the College of...
  • Cornell Atkinson
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Biology