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DiaScan

DiaScan is Atlanta’s biotech firm to watch—and it was started by two local teens

The two friends started out with a simple question: Is there a better way to diagnose cancer using artificial intelligence and predictive analytics?
Squirrel Census

Welcome to Inman Park, home of the “Squirrel Census”

When Inman Park resident Jamie Allen was writing a short story about a dog obsessed with squirrels, it got him wondering how many of the fluffy-tailed rodents lived nearby. Of course, no one was keeping track, so he recruited some friends to help him take a count.

Now in Georgia research news: Deadbeat dads, maternal mammals, and egalitarian couples

They say you can’t understand motherly love until you have a child yourself. Turns out, they might be right. Emory University primate experts found that molecules preparing the body for giving birth also activate neural pathways motivating parents to care for their newborns.

Save the Bats! (Not to mention the bees and the snakes)

A decline in bats—a population depletion of 6 million since 2006—leaves quite a large dent in natural insect extermination and presents an interesting research opportunity for scientists like Georgia State's Christopher Cornelison.

Memories at Emory

Remember that time when you were a year old and you... Well, probably not. Our earliest childhood memories usually only go back to when we were about three years old. And most of those memories start fading around age seven.

Mapping the exposome

Researchers at Emory University and Georgia Tech have joined forces to study the “exposome”—a measure of the environment’s impact on health. The partners received $4 million, the first exposome-centric grant awarded in the U.S., to establish HERCULES.

Georgia Regents earns $10M for diabetes study

The Center for Biotechnology and Genomic Medicine at Georgia Regents University in Augusta recently received $10 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health to continue research studying how genetics and environment might impact type 1 diabetes. The Environmental Determinants of Diabetes in the Young (TEDDY) study started in 2003 as an international collaboration by six clinical centers in the United States and Europe.

Mending a broken heart

Being sad can make you sick. How we deal with grief affects our health, says Toni P. Miles, director of the Institute of Gerontology at the University of Georgia. She's spearheading a research project studying the connection between loss and health—and how to deal with it.

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Fear of flying

Afraid to fly? Emory wants you. Researchers are conducting a clinical trial using virtual reality to tackle fear of the not-so-friendly skies. Although virtual reality exposure therapy has been used before, researchers are adding a new twist. They want to see if this will prevent a relapse.

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