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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.

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.