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$2.3M Project to Beat Downy Mildew Led by MSU Researchers

Posted by Laura Braden on Mon, Jun 13, 2016

Downy mildew, a fungus-like pathogen, is a major threat to crops around the country. Cucurbit crops like squash, cucumber, and melons suffered from a downy mildew outbreak in 2004 that initially only affected crops in the southeastern United States but later spread throughout the Midwestern region, and is still affecting these foods today. Michigan is a state where crops are greatly affected by downy mildew. A team of researchers from Michigan State University will be leading a $2.3 million project, granted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to develop methods to manage downy mildew. (Image courtesy of Kerstin Ellen Hantschel via Wikimedia Commons)

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MSU Constructing New $15 Million Research Building

Posted by Laura Braden on Wed, May 18, 2016

Michigan State University is a leading research institution, with hundreds of life science researchers conducting cutting-edge research throughout the university's dozens of research centers, buildings, and departments. Thanks to 2 recent donations totaling $15 million, the university will expand its research space in the coming years by constructing a new research building in Grand Rapids

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MSU Biochemist Studies Obesity Paradox in Yeast

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Mar 03, 2016

Over the past year, the life science research community has endeavored to control fat in response to the obesity epidemic. We’ve seen papers about reducing fat storage capacity and even burning fat at squirrel speed. However, a recent study by the Michigan State University suggests that fat may actually be linked to longevity.

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Regenerating Bones at Michigan State University

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Jan 21, 2016

A few years ago, we witnessed the biotechnology industry’s first steps into bone regeneration; for instance, the University of Southern California was experimenting with stem cells to rebuild broken ribs. Now Michigan State University is learning the nuances of repairing more general bone fractures.

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MSU Group Builds a Better Toxin Receptor

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Nov 12, 2015

We saw this July how researchers can help beneficial drugs evade an overly belligerent immune system by coating them in a honey mixture. Perhaps unsurprisingly, highly evolved pathogens are able to sneak past and even distract the defense mechanisms of plants. Bringing hope to the situation is a research group at Michigan State University at East Lansing who has found out a way to empower plants against such tricky attacks.

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MSU Team Discovers Natural HIV Inhibitor

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Sep 17, 2015

Though there is currently no known cure for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), bioscientists at research universities across the globe are looking into ways to mitigate the disease. In our country, we’ve recently seen St. Louis researchers use bee venom to puncture HIV viruses and Twin Cities researchers investigate a genetic immunity to HIV. At Michigan State University, a team has discovered an inhibitor to the virus that is found inside the human body.

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MSU Researcher Weakens TB With Glaucoma Treatment

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Jul 30, 2015

Two years ago, we told the story of a University of Illinois researcher who discovered a potentially potent tuberculosis treatment in the form of bacteria found at the bottom of the sea. We now turn our attention to Michigan State University, where bioresearchers are using a well-known glaucoma treatment to shut down even the most drug-resistant strains of tuberculosis.

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MSU Entomologist Defends Bees From Smelly Parasites

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Jun 11, 2015

The global bee population is in trouble, but perhaps biotechnology holds the key to its rescue. We saw last year how a Michigan State University team improved the pollination capacity of bees. Now that very same team is working on a way to defend bees from a parasite they believe may be responsible for the population decline.

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Saving Lives With Malaria Research at MSU

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Apr 02, 2015

Sometimes stopping the spread of a disease isn’t enough to cure it. For instance, the effects of malaria can still kill even after the parasite has been eradicated. Fortunately, researchers from Michigan State University, East Lansing are working on ways to halt the adverse effects of malaria.

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MSU Team Develops Social Media Platform...for Plants

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Feb 05, 2015

A team of biologists and computer engineers at Michigan State University, East Lansing have just rolled out a social media platform designed especially for plants. Rather than a forum for plants to give virtual thumbs-ups to cat videos, PhotosynQ is designed to bring together researchers, farmers, and anyone who has a passion for learning and sharing information about plants.

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