Science Market Update

Top Vet Schools Conduct Millions in NIH-backed Research in 2015

Posted by Robert Larkin on Tue, Jan 19, 2016

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Tags: Michigan State University, Ohio State University, University of Minnesota, UMN, TAMU, MI, TX, MN, OH, Texas A&M, MSU, OhStu, 2016, BioResearch Product Faire™

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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Tags: Michigan State University, 2015, BioResearch Product Faire Event, MI, East Lansing, MSU

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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Tags: Michigan State University, 2015, BioResearch Product Faire Event, MI, East Lansing, MSU

MSU Bioresearchers Discover Link Between Liver Cancer and Mold

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Dec 11, 2014

It happens to everyone: you open the fridge, excited for a slice of delicious cheese, only to find fuzzy mold growing on your food. As tempting as it may be, eating the seemingly clean, not moldy parts is not advisable, according to a paper recently published from Michigan State University, which explains a newly discovered link between moldy food and liver cancer. It goes on to provide direction on the best ways to mitigate the effects of such mold as well as to reduce the population’s intake of mold in the first place.

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MSU Researchers Develops Water Striding Sensor

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Jun 26, 2014

A running theme in the Science Market Update is that nature seems to have all the answers to our bioscience questions, if only we know how to ask them. For instance, how do we make an anesthetic strong enough to make a scorpion sting painless? And what can we do to keep antibiotics from becoming ineffective? Today’s question, posed by researchers at Michigan State University, is: how can we quickly gather precise water pollution data over entire rivers and lakes? To which nature answers: send in a fleet of water striders.

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Tags: Midwest, Michigan, Michigan State University, East Lansing, BioResearch Product Faire Event, MSU, 2014

MSU Microbiologist Builds Bacteria for Greener Biofuels

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, May 29, 2014

Words like “toxic” and “lethal” are very subjective in the world of life science research, where one creature’s poison is another creature’s pleasure. For instance, we saw some fantastic research last year at the University of Minnesota involving bacteria that ate enough chlorine to detoxify superfund sites. Following in the tiny footsteps of these microbes, bacteria under investigation at Michigan State University enjoy consuming the toxic byproducts of biodiesel plants, indicating a greener and more sustainable future for the industry.

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Tags: Midwest, Michigan, Michigan State University, East Lansing, BioResearch Product Faire Event, MSU, 2014

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