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University of Texas Chemist Receives Major Grant to Improve Detection of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

University of Texas Chemist Receives Major Grant to Improve Detection of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

Simple, paper-based test for drug-resistant TB is the goal of chemist Andy Ellington, whose project received a $1.6 million grant through Grand Challenges in Global Health.

Chagas Disease May Be a Threat in South Texas, Says Researcher

Chagas Disease May Be a Threat in South Texas, Says Researcher

Chagas disease, a tropical parasitic disease that can lead to life-threatening heart and digestive disorders, may be more widespread in Texas than previously thought, according to research from The University of Texas at Austin.
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.
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."

Designer Chemical Weapons, Aerotoxic Syndrome, and the Future of Personalized Medicine

We’re entering the age of personalized medicine, but also, possibly, designer chemical weapons, which would work only on particular genetic populations.

Biology Student Awarded Truman Scholarship To Support Graduate Study in Public Health

Allen was recognized by the selection committee for her research on seasonal and pandemic influenza, which she conducted while interning over two summers at the National Institutes of Health.

Fear: The Bioterrorist's Best Friend

Biochemist Andy Ellington muses on how our (exaggerated) fear of bioterrorism might be far more dangerous than any virus a terrorist could actually engineer and spread.

Lion Trackers

Nomadic male lions play a minor role in spreading disease among lion prides in the Serengeti, finds mathematical biologist Lauren Ancel Meyers.

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.