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MSU Recognized as Global Leader in Environmental Antimicrobial Resistance Research

Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Woman in PPE with beaker of liquid

University ranks in top 10 worldwide in amount of research published on topics related to environmental antimicrobial resistance. Michigan State University (MSU) ranks ninth in the world and…

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MSU Innovation Center: Inventing Tomorrow

Wednesday, March 3, 2021
glass of milk

In 1929, MSU Professor G. Malcolm Trout did not like the taste of milk. Back in 1864, Louis Pasteur had discovered that heating milk—or wine or beer—killed most…

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How ‘Iron Man’ Bacteria Could Help Protect the Environment

Friday, January 8, 2021

When Michigan State University’s Gemma Reguera first proposed her new research project to the National Science Foundation, one grant reviewer responded that the idea was not “environmentally relevant.”…

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A New Way to ‘Hoard’ Resources in Nano-Sized Factories Targeted for Biotech

Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Blue bacteria with coding in the background

The lab of Cheryl Kerfeld at Michigan State University has created a synthetic nano-sized factory, based on natural ones found in bacteria. This research could someday lead to…

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Simpler & Smaller: A New Synthetic Nanofactory Inspired by Nature

Monday, April 29, 2019
Simpler & smaller: a new synthetic nanofactory inspired by nature

Bacteria across our planet contain nanometer-sized factories that do many different things. Some make nutrients, others isolate toxic materials that could harm the bacteria. We have barely scratched…

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How Bacteria Organize their Factories, and What it Means for a Bioeconomy

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Deep in the bowels of the Arctic Ocean, or floating at the edges of scalding hot springs at Yellowstone National Park, cyanobacteria thrive in conditions that kill most…

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Fighting the Protective Barriers of Bacteria

Thursday, September 14, 2017
Meng-Lun Hsieh

One of the challenges in treating infectious bacteria is finding agents that can penetrate the protective barriers, also known as biofilms, that the organisms develop. Biofilms are layers…

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Bacteria from 55-Yr.-Old Coal Fire Studied

Friday, June 30, 2017
Taylor Dunivin

Taylor Dunivin, a doctoral student in the  Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, studies bacteria living in the surface soils of Centralia, Penn., the site of an underground coal…

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Plants’ Defenses Reveal Capacity to Fight Disease

Thursday, May 18, 2017

André Velásquez, research associate in the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory, and colleague Matt Oney wanted to find out how many types of defenses a plant could muster against…

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New, Faster Bacteria ‘Detector’ Could Save Lives

Friday, February 3, 2017
Brett Etchebarne, assistant professor of osteopathic medical specialties, poses in his lab on Wednesday November 2, 1016.

A Michigan State University researcher has developed a faster way to detect the bacteria that cause patients to become sick, giving physicians a better chance at saving their…

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