In The News: School of Life Sciences

Desert Companion
March 2, 2016

It was 34 years ago, in 1981, that the first patients of HIV were identified. Even now, there remain more than 36 million people worldwide living with HIV. In 2014, 1.2 million people died from AIDS-related illnesses. Three UNLV research professors, each manning a different front — from educational memoirs to life-saving baby showers to a possible cure — continue to make headway in this worldwide battle.

Phys.org
January 27, 2016

Although global microbial populations are orders of magnitude larger than nearly any other population in, on or around the planet, only a fraction has been identified thus far.

KSNV-TV: News 3
November 2, 2015

You may now think twice before you swat a fly. Researchers at UNLV have found fruit flies help in the study of human heart disease.

KNPR News
October 28, 2015

One UNLV professor is taking a unique approach to researching obesity and obesity-associated diseases.

Las Vegas Sun
September 21, 2015

We spend much of our lives trying to avoid bacteria — washing our hands, squirting hand sanitizer and taking courses of antibiotics. But what about the countless bacteria that live within us every day?

KSNV-TV: News 3
July 31, 2015

UNLV researchers discovered a local, rare fish capable of going for extended periods of time essentially without breathing, and producing alcohol to survive.

KSNV-TV: News 3
July 28, 2015
Researchers at UNLV are making strides in the fight against AIDS.
Associated Press
July 21, 2015
Sin City may look like a lush water-waster as the state endures its fourth year of a severe drought, but casino-resorts say their fountains and greenery are well-crafted illusions.
Associated Press
July 20, 2015
Sin City may look like a lush water-waster as the state endures its fourth year of a severe drought, but casino-resorts say their fountains and greenery are well-crafted illusions.
June 15, 2015
The mysterious and diverse world of bacteria just got its very own expansion pack. A total of 35 new groups, or phyla, of bacteria have been discovered in groundwater in Rifle, Colorado. The finding will likely add a bunch of new species to the tree of life — species that are quite different from other bacteria, scientists note. But here's what's really remarkable: the number of new bacterial groups is almost the same as the number of known animal phyla on Earth. We were always outnumbered, but you still might want to let the magnitude of this discovery sink in.
Las Vegas Review Journal
May 5, 2015
Here’s a fish story for you: Five years ago, researchers at UNLV launched what they expected to be a simple, one-week study of the endangered Devil’s Hole pupfish. What they netted instead was a metabolic mystery that seems to defy the rules of biology.
Las Vegas Weekly
April 24, 2015
Social media sites of late have been reading like an end-times sci-fi book with online users collectively wondering, “What’s with all the moths?” In fact, mention moths in a group and stories are likely to pour in. The only thing we’re missing here is the alarmist news broadcasts a la vintage pulp novels.