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With Already 2,900 People Dead From The Flu, We Need a Better Vaccine

Monday, January 6, 2020
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The CDC estimates that at least 6.4 million people have caught the flu, resulting in 55,000 hospitalizations and 2,900 deaths already this season. Though the flu vaccine can…

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Using Big Data to Build a Better Flu Shot

Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Woman with tissue and hot drink

Each year millions of Americans become sick with the flu, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized and tens of thousands die. Getting the flu shot can reduce the chances…

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Six MSU Researchers Named AAAS Fellows

Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Beaumont Tower on a cold winter morning.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS, has awarded the distinction of Fellow to six MSU faculty members this year. These individuals have been elevated…

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Attacking Cystic Fibrosis at its Roots

Tuesday, November 19, 2019
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Breakthroughs in cystic fibrosis are finally happening. While the latest CF headlines tout a new genetic treatment that targets its underlying cause, a major challenge still remains: How…

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Unlikely Gathering of Scientists Generates Extraordinary Research Team to Create the Fat Free Cell

Thursday, November 7, 2019
microscopic view of a fat cell

In late February 2019, the National Science Foundation, or NSF, gathered a group of scientists from widely different disciplines who rarely communicate — let alone collaborate — into…

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Can Solar Technology Kill Cancer Cells?

Friday, October 25, 2019
Solar cell

Scientific breakthroughs don’t always happen in labs. For Sophia and Richard Lunt, Michigan State University researchers, many of their breakthroughs happen during neighborhood walks. The married couple’s step-by-step…

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New Early Career Award Trains World-Class Postdocs, Advances Wheels of Innovation

Tuesday, September 10, 2019
group photo From front row left: Amy Ralston, Stephanie Hickey, Sakthival Kailasam, Hideki Takahashi; Back row left: Arjun Krishanan and Jian He

When it comes to cutting edge science, researchers in the Michigan State University Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) in the College of Natural Science lead the…

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Data, Algorithms, & Computing for Studying Complex Diseases

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Arjun Krishnan is an assistant professor in the Department of Computational Mathematics, Science & Engineering, with a joint appointment in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. Arjun…

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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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MSU Chemist Wins OpenEye Junior Faculty Award

Thursday, August 1, 2019
Gray shadow figure, with two strands of DNA running through it. One strand of DNA is blue and green, while the larger strand is gray and pink.

Michigan State University computational chemist Alex Dickson has received the highly competitive American Chemical Society, or ACS, OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award in Computational Chemistry. The ACS is…

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