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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.

Office Hours: Tanya Paull

We sat down with Tanya Paull to learn more about her research and its relation to tumor development.

In the Race of Life, Better an Adaptable Tortoise than a Fit Hare

When it comes to survival of the fittest, it’s sometimes better to be an adaptable tortoise than a fitness-oriented hare, researchers say.

Placing Landmarks on the Genome Map

Vishy Iyer and colleagues use the power of the Ranger supercomputer and next-gen sequencers to study role of heredity in gene transcription.

Plants ‘Remember’ Winter To Bloom In Spring With Help of Special Molecule

Many flowering plants bloom in bursts of color in spring after long periods of cold in the winter, and biologists have discovered how the plants know they've experienced the cold.

Scientists Reveal Criminal Virus Spreaders Using Evolutionary Forensics

The source of HIV infection in two separate criminal cases in which men were convicted of intentionally infecting their female sexual partners was confirmed by David Hillis and colleagues using evolutionary forensics.

With $2.4 Million Grant, Researchers To Decode Geranium’s Evolutionary Mysteries

With $2.4 Million Grant, Researchers To Decode Geranium’s Evolutionary Mysteries

Botany researcher Dr. Robert Jansen and his colleagues have received a four-year, $2.4 million grant from the Plant Genome Program to investigate the genomes of the geranium plant and 15 related species.

Improving Cotton the Goal of $3.8 Million Grant to Plant Geneticist

Jeff Chen will use next-generation DNA sequencing technologies to study the genomics of fiber production in cotton with a $3.8 million grant from the NSF.

Department of Energy Fellowship Provides Support for Grad Student

College of Natural Sciences graduate student Cory Nelson has received a fellowship as part of a new U.S. Department of Energy program.

Research of Cell Movements in Developing Frogs Reveals New Twists in Human Genetic Disease

Mutations in a gene known as “Fritz” may be responsible for causing human genetic disorders such as Bardet-Biedl syndrome, University of Texas at Austin developmental biologist John Wallingford and Duke University human geneticist and cell biologist Nicholas Katsanis have found.

Biologists Use Bacteria from Hot Springs to Reveal Clues To Evolution of Early Life and To Unlock Biofuels’ Potential

Biologists Use Bacteria from Hot Springs to Reveal Clues To Evolution of Early Life and To Unlock Biofuels’ Potential

A bacteria that lives in hot springs in Japan may help solve one of the mysteries of the early evolution of complex organisms, according to a study just published in PLoS Biology.

Foodie for Life

As a fourth-grader, Ryan Riddle asked his parents for a George Foreman Grill for Christmas. And that was only the beginning for Riddle, a Dean’s Scholars biochemistry major from Spring, TX. Before he got to middle school, Riddle was taking week-long cooking courses over the summer. He downloaded recipes from the internet and convinced his parents...