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3-D Printed Microscopic Cages Confine Bacteria in Tiny Zoos for the Study of Infections

3-D Printed Microscopic Cages Confine Bacteria in Tiny Zoos for the Study of Infections

By caging bacteria in microscopic houses, scientists at The University of Texas at Austin are studying how communities of bacteria, such as those found in the human gut and lungs, interact and develop infections.

Better Corn the Goal of $2.5 million Grant from the National Science Foundation

Better Corn the Goal of $2.5 million Grant from the National Science Foundation

Jeff Chen hopes to understand "hybrid vigor" in corn well enough to improve breeding.
Understanding Why Chronic Wounds Don't Heal

Understanding Why Chronic Wounds Don't Heal

The problem with chronic wounds, and the solution, may lie in the war between two bacteria, says Marvin Whitely.

2013 Undergraduate Research Forum Winners

2013 Undergraduate Research Forum Winners

The best and most innovative posters and presentations are recognized with awards judged and sponsored by the university, faculty, alumni and industry.

Scientists Cage Dead Zebras in Africa to Understand the Spread of Anthrax

Scientists Cage Dead Zebras in Africa to Understand the Spread of Anthrax

Scavengers may not play as key a role in spreading anthrax disease through wildlife populations as previously assumed.
Engineering Algae to Make the "Wonder Material" Nanocellulose

Engineering Algae to Make the "Wonder Material" Nanocellulose

Genes from the family of bacteria that produce vinegar, Kombucha tea and nata de coco may help turn algae into solar-powered factories for producing nanocellulose.

Researchers Create New Bacteria Designed to Improve Vaccines

Sixty one newly generated strains of E. coli may improve some vaccines.
Lack of Key Enzyme in the Metabolism of Folic Acid Leads to Birth Defects

Lack of Key Enzyme in the Metabolism of Folic Acid Leads to Birth Defects

Scientists discover the clearest mechanistic link yet between folic acid and birth defects, which helps explain why folic acid dietary supplements don't prevent all neural tube defects.

Designer Bacteria May Lead to Better Vaccines

Designer Bacteria May Lead to Better Vaccines

61 new strains of genetically engineered bacteria may improve the efficacy of vaccines for diseases such as flu, pertussis, cholera and HPV.

This Is What a Virus Infecting a Cell Looks Like

A video shows the first the first time scientists have observed a virus inserting its tail into a cell to infect it.