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MSU Opens New ‘Mosquito Factory’ in Mexico

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Xi Lab Merida

Most of us try to prevent mosquitoes from breeding in our own backyards, so why would a Michigan State University researcher be happy about a factory capable of…

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MSU Scientists get to the Root of Plant Stress Response

Monday, September 24, 2018
Plant Stress

Michigan State University microbiologist Ashley Shade and plant biologist Sheng Yang He have been awarded a three-year, $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate how the microbiome interacts with, and may mediate, plant…

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MSU Scientists Closer to Solving Arthritic Condition in Teens

Friday, August 24, 2018
Andrea Amalfitano

A new Michigan State University study has found that a malfunctioning gene associated with a common arthritic disease that often starts in teenagers is now directly linked to…

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Microbiologists and Plant Scientists Find Secret to Tackling Cholera

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Chris Waters

While cholera rages across many regions of the world, a team of microbiologists and plant scientists has pinpointed a genetic weakness in the pandemic’s armor, which could lead…

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Ingredient in Toothpaste May Combat Severe Lung Disease

Thursday, May 17, 2018
Chris Waters, Michael Maiden, Alessandra Hunt

A common antibacterial substance found in toothpaste may combat life-threatening diseases such as cystic fibrosis, or CF when combined with an already FDA-approved drug. Michigan State University researchers…

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Using MRSA’s Strength Against It

Monday, May 14, 2018
Researchers for this article

Antibiotic-resistant infections cause more than 30,000 deaths annually in the U.S. alone. The majority of those are caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, more commonly known as MRSA, which…

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MSU’s Shade Receives NSF Award to Research Rare Soil Microorganisms

Thursday, May 3, 2018
Portrait photo of Ashley Shade with NSF logo

  Ashley Shade, an assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics in the MSU College of Natural Science, and in the Department of Plant, Soil…

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Eleven MSU Researchers Receive CAREER Awards for 2018

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
NSF Career Awardees Headshots

Eleven Michigan State University scientists are the recipients of National Science Foundation (NSF) Early CAREER Faculty Awards, seven of them women in the College of Natural Science. The…

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MSU’s Martinez-Gomez Gets 2018 NSF CAREER Award

Friday, March 23, 2018
N. Cecilia Martinez-Gomez

Cecilia Martinez-Gomez, assistant professor of microbiology and molecular genetics, Michigan State University, received $562,102 from NSF’s Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences for her project that aims to…

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MSU Researchers Elected to American Academy of Microbiology

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Beronda Montgomery and George Garrity

George Garrity and Beronda Montgomery, Michigan State University professors of the College of Natural Science, were elected fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology, or AAM, for their excellence, originality and leadership…

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