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Uncovering the Inner Workings of Marek’s Disease

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Alec Steep is a PhD student currently enrolled in the Genetics Program at Michigan State University. The primary focus of his doctoral dissertation is uncovering the genetic mechanisms…

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More Genes Turned on When Plants Compete

Monday, May 15, 2017
Maren Friesen

According to Maren Friesen, a Michigan State University plant biologist whose work is featured in a special issue of the Journal of Ecology, the lessons of plant diversity and…

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Discovery Reveals How Genes Help Cells Fight Bacteria

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Monique Floer, MSU biochemist, and Michael McAndrew, a genetics graduate student, and Alison Gjidoda, a former research technician in Floer's lab have discovered a cellular snowplow. Photo by G.L. Kohuth

A new discovery at Michigan State University has revealed how special genes stay open for business, helping diagram a mechanism that plays a key role in fighting inflammation…

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Genetics Could Make Feeding Dairy Cows More Efficient

Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Michael VandeHaar

As the eighth largest dairy-producing state in the country*, Michigan is home to more than 400,000 dairy cows spread across farms with herds numbering less than 100 up…

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Proteins ‘Practice’ Before Changing Chromosomes

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Drosophila

In the biochemical game of genetics, it was thought that the proteins controlling gene regulation in animals were either spectators or players. But in research appearing in the…

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‘Mr. Right Now’ Better than Waiting for ‘Mr. Right’

Saturday, February 14, 2015
A couple stroll through Beal Garden during an autumn rain.

Evolutionary researchers have determined that settling for “Mr. Okay” is a better evolutionary strategy than waiting for “Mr. Perfect.” When studying the evolution of risk aversion Michigan State…

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Electric Fish Lab Uses Big Data to Study Evolution

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Jason Gallant, assistant professor, Department of Zoology at Michigan State University, studies the genomic basis of phenotypic evolution and diversification, particularly in animal phenotypes that are related to communication…

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On the Genetic Architecture of Intelligence and other Quantitative Traits – Stephen Hsu

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Dr. Hsu’s talk at the University of Chicago Conference on Genetics and Behavior Presentation Slides

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Faculty Conversations: Ian Dworkin

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Department of Zoology assistant professor Ian Dworkin discusses his research on genetic mutations in fruit flies and its applications for human genetics.

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