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MSU Scientists One Million ‘Hops’ Closer to Ending a Disease Endemic in Cattle

Wednesday, March 17, 2021
A cow licking her calf in the field.

Many people have never heard of Brucellosis, but farmers and ranchers in the United States forced to cull animals that test positive for the disease and people infected…

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MSU’s Lenski Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Friday, February 12, 2021
Glass beakers with a black background.

During his ground-breaking E. coli Long-Term Evolution Project (LTEE), Michigan State University experimental evolutionary biologist Richard Lenski has witnessed the beginning and end of more than one lifetime—73,000 bacterial lifetimes and counting,…

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Vector Platform Technology Used in COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate

Friday, January 8, 2021
Graphic of COVID-19 strain.

With the first COVID-19 vaccines beginning to be administered, many across the globe are eagerly watching and waiting, wondering when it will be their turn to receive a…

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Diet And Sunscreen: A Potentially Cancerous Combination

Thursday, December 17, 2020
Image of cancerous cells

In the United States, 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer, according to the American Cancer Society, and many of them are unwittingly making a serious choice…

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Successful Suppression of Mosquitoes Using Sterile Males in China

Thursday, July 18, 2019
A very close picture of a mosquito on a finger

Michigan State University and Sun Yat-Sen University, in partnership with the Wolbaki Biotech Company, the Joint FAO/IAEA Division and others, have successfully suppressed a mosquito vector population in…

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MSU’s Adami Named Fellow of American Physical Society

Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Chris Adami

Chris Adami, MSU professor of physics and astronomy, as well as microbiology and molecular genetics (MMG), has been named a 2017 American Physical Society Fellow. Adami is being recognized…

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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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How Bacterium in Undercooked Chicken Causes GBS

Friday, December 9, 2016
Linda Mansfield

A Michigan State University research team is the first to show how a common bacterium found in improperly cooked chicken causes Guillain-Barre Syndrome, or GBS. The federally funded…

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Simple Food Additive Slows E. coli Poisoning

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Chris Waters

Polysorbate, a safe additive found in everything from ice cream to cosmetics, has been proven to slow the toxic effects of E. coli poisoning. Had this discovery been…

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Patented Bioelectrodes Make Energy, Eat Waste

Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Gemma Reguera

New research at Michigan State University and published in the current issue of Nature Communications shows how Geobacter bacteria grow as films on electrodes and generate electricity –…

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