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Stem Cells from the Mouse Embryo

Friday, December 16, 2016

Amy Ralston, associate professor and James K. Billman, Jr., M.D. Endowed Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, discusses the practical uses of stem cells and explains research findings…

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A Silent Animal Sickness: Bovine Leukemia Virus

Friday, December 9, 2016
MSU professor of large animal clinical sciences Paul Bartlett.

In the 1970s, less than 10 percent of U.S. dairy cows were affected by bovine leukemia virus (BLV) – a retrovirus that causes infection in dairy and beef cattle,…

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$12.7M Gift for Genetic Programming, Evolutionary Computation

Thursday, December 8, 2016
John Koza

The Michigan State University College of Engineering has received its largest individual gift in the history of the college. A $10.7 million bequest from a California entrepreneur joins…

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MSU to Lead $1.84 mil. Biodiversity Research Project

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Jenny Boughman

MSU integrative biologist Janette Boughman is the lead principal investigator of a five-year, $1.84 million National Science Foundation Dimensions of Biodiversity collaborative grant to pursue novel research studying…

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New Model Explains Barred Owls’ Domination

Thursday, December 1, 2016
Barred owls – unrivaled nocturnal predators and procreators – are moving into the Pacific Northwest. They’re encroaching on northern spotted owl (pictured) territories and outcompeting this smaller, threatened cousin. Photo by Ray Davis

Barred owls – unrivaled nocturnal predators and procreators – are moving into the Pacific Northwest. They’re encroaching on northern spotted owl territories and outcompeting this smaller, threatened cousin….

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Hyena’s Cooperative Behavior Reveals Social Evolution

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Submitting to mob mentality is always a risky endeavor, for humans or hyenas. A new Michigan State University study focusing on the latter, though, shows that when it…

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MSU to Digitize Butterfly, Moth Research Collections

Thursday, November 3, 2016
Anthony Cognato, collection director of MSU's A.J. Cook Arthropod Research Collection, examining butterfly specimens.

Butterflies and moths are challenging and economically significant pests for growers. Because they are closely associated with the plants they feed on, they are also frequently used by…

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Wildcat Brains: An Evolutionary Curveball

Monday, October 31, 2016
wild african leopard looking down from a branch of a tree

The brains of wild cats don’t necessarily respond to the same evolutionary pressures as those of their fellow mammals, humans and primates, indicates a surprising new study led…

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Plant Diversity Could Naturally Repel Crop Pests

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

A new study has unveiled why a field with a variety of plants seems to attract fewer plant-eating insects than farm land with just one type of crop….

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MSU’s DelFosse, Landis Honored by Entomologists

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Ernest Delfosse and Doug Landis

Michigan State University (MSU) entomologists Ernest “Del” Delfosse (left) and Doug Landis (right) have been named fellows of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) for their outstanding contributions to entomology…

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