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Can Facial Recognition Systems Save Lemurs?

Friday, February 17, 2017
lemur

Facial recognition is a biometric system that identifies or verifies a person from a digital image. It’s used to find criminals, identify passport and driver’s license fraud, and…

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MSU’s Lenski Wins Friend of Darwin Award

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Richard Lenski

Richard Lenski, Michigan State University John Hannah Distinguished Professor and evolutionary biologist renowned for his E. coli Long-Term Experimental Evolution Project, has received a 2017 Friend of Darwin…

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Local News Celebrates Spartan Research Initiatives

Friday, February 3, 2017

WLNS – 6 News anchor Sheri Jones met President Simon at the new bio-engineering facility on campus that makes it possible for researchers from the colleges of Engineering, Human…

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Protected Nature Areas Protect People, Too

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
A group of scientists is recommending giving the world’s nature reserves a makeover to defend not only flora and fauna, but people, too. Courtesy of MSU

A group of scientists is recommending giving the world’s nature reserves a makeover to defend not only flora and fauna, but people, too. Scientists in this week’s Proceedings…

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Fighting Zika with ‘Mosquito Factories’

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Combatting some of the world’s most feared—and dangerous—diseases calls for unconventional thinking. MSU researcher Zhiyong Xi and his team have developed “mosquito factories” to help stop the spread…

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MSU Animal Agriculture Researchers Get $1.5M from Mich. Industry Group

Tuesday, January 10, 2017
MSU beef barn

The Michigan Alliance for Animal Agriculture (M-AAA) has announced it will invest nearly $1.5 million in 2017, more than twice the amount of previous years, to support research…

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MSU Students, Faculty Win Bronze Medal for Genetic Engineering

Thursday, January 5, 2017
Darwin Warga Kane, Pamela Himadewi, and Lauren Tamm

MSU’s first iGEM team earned a bronze medal in the International Genetic Engineered Machine Foundation competition in the fall. The team, dubbed Frosty the Cyanos, comprised three undergraduate…

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MSU Recieves $1M USAID Grant to Fight Zika in Mexico

Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Zhiyong Xi (left), MSU associate professor of microbiology and molecular genetics, will use a $1 million USAID grant to build a mosquito factory in Yucatan, Mexico. The laboratory will be modeled after a facility in Guangzhou, China, a center that Xi leads in partnership with Sun Yat-sen University. Photo by Jim Peck

Michigan State University has received a grant from USAID to fight the Zika virus in Mexico. The $1 million grant was awarded to Zhiyong Xi, MSU associate professor…

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Spotted Wing Drosophila Proves Formidable Fruit Foe

Tuesday, December 27, 2016
MSU entomologist Rufus Isaacs works with his students and staff in the laboratory.

When a tiny invasive fly — the size of a grain of rice — called spotted wing drosophila (SWD) first arrived in California from Asia in 2008, researchers weren’t overly…

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Hunting Invasive Crayfish in Michigan Rivers and Streams

Tuesday, December 27, 2016
man netting crawfish samples in a river

In 2014, when Kelley Smith began his master’s degree program at MSU, crayfish were not on his professional radar. That changed when the Michigan Department of Natural Resources…

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