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Congresswoman Louise Slaughter is reintroducing a bill she thinks will help protect public health. The Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act is meant to prevent farmers from feeding their livestock antibiotics.

Slaughter says she's been concerned with this issue since she did her masters thesis in microbiology.

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Solar firm Natcore Technology cut the ribbon on its new R&D center at Eastman Business Park Friday.

The official opening of the million-dollar clean room consolidates Natcore's R&D work in Rochester.

But getting funding for a solar manufacturing line remains a challenge.

Buffalo-based CUBRC could earn $67 million for work on the behalf of the federal government.

Through a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), CUBRC will investigate potential medical treatments for a handful of conditions that currently have no cure.

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Rep. Louise Slaughter dropped by Kodak's Eastman Business Park today to pull back the veil on efforts to bring a New Jersey solar company to Rochester.

It almost entirely depends on Kodak landing an $8 million federal grant from the Department of Energy (DOE), but if everything works out, the potential impact would be big.

Natcore CEO Chuck Provini says his company's solar cell manufacturing line in Rochester would create between 2,000 and 4,000 direct and indirect jobs within a couple of years.

But, again, that's if everything works out.

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When the U.S. Senate omnibus spending bill was pulled last week, more than 6,700 earmarks from across the country failed to receive funding. Included in that package was $3.6 million for the University at Buffalo, to purchase a high-tech research tool called a cyclotron.

But now UB will have to plot a new course for a research initiative that officials were counting on.

In one of his last appearances as president of UB, John Simpson hailed the cyclotron funding as a game-changer in October.

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