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Volume 58, Number 1    July 26, 2010          

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Disappearing amphibians
In a July 19 Nature article about losses in amphibian populations, Assistant Professor of Biology Vance Vredenburg commented on new research that quantified the numbers of amphibian species lost in Panama. Vredenburg recently published his own findings about a deadly disease threatening amphibian populations. "Up until now, we've only had a very crude estimate of what is lost. It has just been, 'We've lost a lot of species,'" Vredenburg said. "What they did was quantify it."

A new approach to HIV treatment
A July 16 article in the San Francisco Chronicle featured new research by Professor of Sexuality Studies Colleen Hoff, which found that gay men in relationships in San Francisco often have agreements that allow for sex outside the relationship. Hoff, who just received a $3.5 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to continue the study for five more years, said that HIV and AIDS treatment might need a broader focus. "So much of the HIV prevention effort is aimed at a different set -- men in dance clubs or bathhouses having anonymous sex," she said. "HIV prevention might want to expand its message to address relationships; we have to look at risk in a greater context."




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