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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: David Jwanier, media relations associate, 610-740-3790

 CEDAR CREST COLLEGE, DUKE UNIVERSITY PROFESSORS AWARDED 800K RESEARCH GRANT FROM NIH

Allentown, PA (April 6, 2009)—Cedar Crest College Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Richard Kliman, and Biology Professor Mohamed Noor of Duke University have been awarded a four-year, $800,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study genetic recombination in fruit flies, beginning this month.

Most of the familiar multi-celled organisms, including humans, inherit DNA from two parents, and mix it up through a process called “crossing over” before passing on half to their offspring.  The resulting recombination of genes plays important roles in evolution. The findings from this research will provide additional insight into the ability of species, in general, to purge harmful traits and accumulate beneficial traits via natural selection.  As part of the grant, eight Cedar Crest students will be sent to Duke University over three summers to participate in the research.

Kliman, who lives in Phillipsburg, NJ, has taught at Cedar Crest College since 2002.