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Archive: October 2016


Iowa State launches research initiative to fight antimicrobial resistance

By Office of the Vice President for Research

Antibiotics are one of humankind’s greatest life-saving discoveries, but the rise of antibiotic resistance is now one of our biggest threats. A new research initiative at Iowa State University takes on the growing problem of antibiotic resistance, also called antimicrobial resistance (AMR), building teams of scientists from across areas of Iowa State’s longtime strengths –…


Mapping genomes just first step in understanding biodiversity

By College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mapping entire genomes is just the beginning for Jonathan Wendel, who studies how plants — specifically cotton — evolve and diversify. Wendel, a Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology at Iowa State University, studies evolutionary biology to understand how biodiversity arises. “Cotton is just an incredibly useful model…

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Iowa State University veterinarian identifies a genetically novel virus associated with polio-like symptoms in pigs

By Iowa State University News Service

AMES, Iowa – A veterinary researcher at Iowa State University has discovered a novel virus in the central nervous tissues of young pigs with polio-like weakness in their hind legs. Paulo Arruda, an assistant professor of veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine, led a team of diagnosticians from Iowa State, the University of Minnesota and…


Iowa State nets $9.6 million to increase STEM diversity, prepare future faculty

By Iowa State University News Service

AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University has received nearly $10 million in funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to improve diversity in both the professional STEM workforce and academia. “Iowa State faculty in every college and department are focused on creating inclusive environments for their students and peers,” said President Steven Leath. “We are…