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Cleft Palate Gene Mutations now Linked to Spina Bifida

Friday, January 25, 2019
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Michigan State University and Children’s National Health System researchers are the first to link mutations in a gene known as “interferon regulatory factor 6,” or IRF6, which cause…

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Faulty Immune Receptor Could be Reason Why Many Face HIV Complications

Monday, January 7, 2019
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For HIV patients, treatments that control the infection have come a long way. But many still struggle with a host of other disease-related complications such as neurocognitive disorders,…

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Translational Research: One Researcher’s Experience

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Andrea Amalfitano, Interim Dean, College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Osteopathic Heritage Foundation Endowed Professor of Pediatrics, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, discusses his translational research with Pompe disease, re-engineering…

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7 MSU Ag-Bio Researchers Among Most Highly Cited

Friday, December 7, 2018
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Seven Michigan State University researchers have been recognized in the Highly Cited Researchers List, an annual compilation of the global leaders in scientific influence by Clarivate Analytics. The…

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MSU Team Wins Bronze at 2018 Synthetic Biology Competition

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

MSU’s 2018 iGEM has won a Bronze Medal from the International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) global competition. iGEM brings together students from around the world to design synthetic biology…

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Professor Elected to the American Philosophical Society

Sunday, November 18, 2018
College of Natural Science

Michigan State University evolutionary biologist Richard Lenski was inducted into the American Philosophical Society (APS) — the oldest “learned society” in the United States — on Nov. 9…

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Organisms with Small Genomes, Cells Found Thriving in Hot Soils

Monday, November 5, 2018
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As our planet warms, what life will survive and thrive? If the coal fire-fueled soils around Centralia, Pennsylvania, are any indication, organisms with smaller genomes and cells may…

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MSU Opens ‘Mosquito Factory’ in Mexico

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
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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
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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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