Leaders laud Ag day

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Moulton Advertiser
Date published: 
April 19, 2012

HudsonAlpha educational outreach team conducts DNA extractions with 500 students at agriculture event

Agriculture was front and center last Friday during the Agricultural Initiative Career Day, a cooperative effort of the Lawrence County school system and the Alabama Chicken & Egg Festival. The event drew effusive praise from state educational and agriculture officials, along with local leaders.


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Why we have plenty of fish in the sea

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- New work from the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, with collaborators at Stanford University and five other groups, has pinpointed evolution in action.
By determining genomic sequence from many groups of stickleback fish, the scientists were able to show specific genomic changes leading to the ability of different fish populations to adapt to new environments. “We were pleased with the ability of genomics to show us what molecular changes are important in evolutionary processes,” said Richard Myers, Ph.D., president and director of HudsonAlpha. 

Tales from the crypt lead researchers to cancer discovery

HUNTSVILLE, Ala – Tales from the crypt are supposed to be scary, but new research from Vanderbilt University, the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, and colleagues shows that crypts can be places of renewal too:  intestinal crypts, that is. Intestinal crypts are small areas of the intestine where new cells are formed to continuously renew the digestive tract.  By focusing on one protein expressed in our intestines called Lrig1, the researchers have identified a special population of intestinal stem cells that respond to damage and help to prevent cancer.

Genetic mutation found in familial chronic diarrhea syndrome

HudsonAlpha researcher part of international team

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - When the intestines are not able to properly process our diet, a variety of disorders can develop, with chronic diarrhea as a common symptom. Chronic diarrhea can also be inherited, most commonly through conditions with genetic components such as irritable bowel syndrome. Researchers in Norway, India, and at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology have identified one heritable DNA mutation that leads to chronic diarrhea and bowel inflammation.

HudsonAlpha raised $1,905 during Alabama Gives Day

Alabama Gives Day

The inaugural Alabama Gives Day raised more than $740,000 for nonprofits across the state, HudsonAlpha being one of the beneficiaries. The institute received $1,905 from donors during the unprecedented 24 hours of giving. 

Registration now open for 5K and 1-mile Double Helix Dash

Registration is open for the Double Helix Dash at HudsonAlpha. The race is scheduled for April 10 at McMillian Park, located at 601 Genome Way in Cummings Research Park. 

Tie the Ribbons luncheon brings awareness to breast and ovarian cancers

News Outlet: 
The Huntsville Times
Date published: 
October 21, 2011

Dr. Debra Moriarity knew about breast cancer before it knew about her.

As a member of the biology faculty at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Moriarity studied breast cancer and had long decided that, with the knowledge she had gained, she wouldn't hesitate to undergo a double mastectomy should the cancer ever find her.

And when it did in 2005, Moriarity said "it was odd" being a victim of the disease she had studied.

HudsonAlpha companies closer to breakthroughs in breast cancer fight

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The Huntsville Times
Date published: 
October 18, 2011

Two small companies at Huntsville's HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology are preparing to test new products in 2012 that could advance the fight against breast and other cancers.


In one case, the product itself is a comprehensive lab test to help physicians decide which drugs would be most effective, or least effective, for particular cancer patients. This would be a step toward the anticipated coming era of "personalized" medicine. The second product is a new drug delivery system that its developer believes "could offer the chance of a cure..."


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UAB Reporter highlights HudsonAlpha's partnership with graduate students

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UAB Reporter
Date published: 
October 13, 2011

A new partnership between the Genetics and Genomic Sciences (GGS) Graduate Program and research juggernaut HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville will substantially increase UAB’s expertise and exposure in the area of genomics and give students the opportunity to engage in large-scale genomic analyses.


Partnerships in the Life Sciences

News Outlet: 
Urban Land
Date published: 
September 20, 2011

HudsonAlpha Institute among featured projects

by Ron Nyren

Collaboration is the watchword in contemporary life sciences facilities.  Even as scientists from a variety of disciplines share knowledge in pursuit of new treatments for diseases, municipal governments are pooling resources with the private sector to create biotechnology clusters, universities are teaming with nonprofit companies and nonprofit organizations are working with for-profit companies to speed the "bench to bedside" process -- getting the results of research translated into therapies that start healing people as soon as possible.

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