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Systems Biologist Receives $2.5 Million Pioneer Award for Genome Research

Systems Biologist Receives $2.5 Million Pioneer Award for Genome Research

Marcotte’s project focuses on what he sees as the next step in “next-generation” genome sequencing technology.

Ancient Enzymes Function like Nanopistons to Unwind RNA

Ancient Enzymes Function like Nanopistons to Unwind RNA

Discovery marks a major step toward understanding the molecular mechanics for many steps in RNA biology.

Common Antifungal Drug Decreases Tumor Growth and Shows Promise as Cancer Therapy

Common Antifungal Drug Decreases Tumor Growth and Shows Promise as Cancer Therapy

An inexpensive antifungal drug, thiabendazole, slows tumor growth. Scientists in the College of Natural Sciences made this discovery by exploiting the evolutionary relatedness of yeast, frogs, mice and humans.

Video: Next Generation Sequencing

Video: Next Generation Sequencing

Next-generation genome analysis technology enables biologist Christopher Sullivan to study how viruses replicate and cause tumors in new ways.

50-Year Cholera Mystery Solved by Scientists at The University of Texas at Austin

50-Year Cholera Mystery Solved by Scientists at The University of Texas at Austin

The answers may help clear the way for a new class of antibiotics.
The Science of Soul Stealing

The Science of Soul Stealing

There's a scientific truth lurking behind vampire stories. We can be taken over, mind and body, by viruses.

Seed Size Is Controlled by Maternally Produced Small RNAs, Scientists Find

Seed Size Is Controlled by Maternally Produced Small RNAs, Scientists Find

New findings could enable scientists to develop biotechnological tools for improving seed production and crop yield.
Man’s Best Frenemy

Man’s Best Frenemy

Forget the bird flu. There may be an even more harmful virus hiding right inside man's best friend.

DNA-Targeting Molecule Has Potential to Help Treat Genetic Diseases and HIV

DNA-Targeting Molecule Has Potential to Help Treat Genetic Diseases and HIV

The molecule is an important step along the path to someday creating drugs that can go after rogue DNA directly.

U.T. Making a Big Bet on the Future of Algae

U.T. Making a Big Bet on the Future of Algae

The UTEX Culture Collection of Algae. Photo by Spencer Selvidge for the Texas Tribune.
Biologist Sara Sawyer Receives Early Career Award from White House

Biologist Sara Sawyer Receives Early Career Award from White House

Sawyer, assistant professor of molecular genetics and microbiology, is being recognized for her research on the evolution of DNA repair genes, providing insight on both the formation of cancers and susceptibility to viral infection.
Tagged by Fukushima

Tagged by Fukushima

Before beginning my usual irreverence, let me just say that one of the great stories of modern bravery was that of the workers who stayed on at Fukushima nuclear power plant, isolated, surrounded by death, and did their jobs.

Discovery Of Why Influenza B Virus Exclusively Infects  Humans Opens Door For Drugs To Fight Seasonal Epidemics Caused By Virus

Discovery Of Why Influenza B Virus Exclusively Infects Humans Opens Door For Drugs To Fight Seasonal Epidemics Caused By Virus

The three-dimensional structure of a site on an influenza B virus protein that suppresses human defenses to infection has been determined by researchers at Rutgers University and The University of Texas at Austin.

The Dangers of Cannibalism

The Dangers of Cannibalism

Biochemistry professor Andy Ellington blogs about cannibalism, prions, mad cow disease, and yet one more way in which civilization may be "hosed."

University of Texas at Austin Researchers Awarded $4.7 Million for Cancer Research

Grants from Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) will be used to further understand cancer biology and develop new cancer treatments.