News Clips for Dec. 28, 2018

U. researcher's experiment sends bioengineered plants into space

As humanity nears more extensive space travel, it has become important to understand how plants fit into survival in the cosmos. Scientists from the University of Utah and associated research centers are running an experiment analyzing the capabilities of Earth’s plants in space.

Peter Meldrum Helped Found Myriad Genetics to Find Genes Linked to Inherited Cancers

Peter Meldrum had run an agricultural biotechnology company and advised scores of startups by the time he met Mark Skolnick in 1991. Dr. Skolnick, a geneticist at the University of Utah, was in a race with other scientists to find genes responsible for inherited forms of breast and other cancers. He needed funding. Mr. Meldrum quickly agreed to join Dr. Skolnick in founding Myriad Genetics in Salt Lake City in 1992.

Here are 10 things studies taught us about the family in 2018

From cheating to religion to technology, researchers in 2018 conducted surveys and crunched numbers on a variety of topics affecting the American family. Here's a sampling of 10 things we learned.

Gov. Herbert wants to take state spending on air quality to new heights. What could his proposed $100 million investment do to reduce pollution?

Gov. Gary Herbert is urging Utah lawmakers to make an unprecedented investment in air quality, advising them to budget $100 million this year on projects to clean up the skies. The budget recommendation rolled out earlier this month states that the one-time funding could, for instance, support efforts to replace wood-burning stoves or add more electric car charging stations.

Doctor-patient communication: Why do some patients not tell the whole truth?

In two online surveys on doctor-patient communication, researchers investigated why some patients withhold information from their doctors.

U. study yields 'upsetting' results linking miscarriages with spikes in Utah air pollution

Researchers say a new University of Utah Health study exploring how air quality intersects with miscarriage has yielded "upsetting" results indicating women are at greater risk of losing their pregnancy within days of a spike in nitrogen dioxide pollution along the Wasatch Front.