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January 17, 2017
Scratching the genetic surface of poisonous mushrooms
Scratching the genetic surface of poisonous mushrooms

The Walton lab has sequenced the genomes of two species of poisonous Amanita mushrooms, with an eye towards harnessing them for medicinal and biological uses.

January 11, 2017
How cyanobacteria define their middle point
How cyanobacteria define their middle point

The mechanism promotes cell division to ensure daughter cells are healthy and of equal size.

January 10, 2017
Molecular velcro boosts microalgae's potential in biofuel industrial applications
Molecular velcro boosts microalgae's potential in biofuel industrial applications

Derek Fedeson from the Ducat lab has designed a system to attach cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, to yeast and other surfaces. 

December 21, 2016
Understanding a cell part construction manager
Understanding a cell part construction manager

The Hu lab has deepened our understanding of how cells build up internal parts responsible for producing and breaking down energy, with an eye towards agricultural and medical solutions.

December 19, 2016
MSU students participate in premier synthetic biology competition
By Eric Young
MSU students participate in premier synthetic biology competition

A PRL grad student reflects on MSU's first participation at iGEM, an international competition encouraging students to solve real-world challenges through genetically engineered biological systems.

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