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ORSAY worm virus mode of infectionRice scientists detail protein in worm virus that could help fight infectious disease
 (3/6/2017 5:20:57 PM) Results of a Rice University study of the Orsay virus unique to nematodes have revealed the molecular structure of a fusion protein that forms unusual fibers and attaches the virus to cells and infects them.
‘Bioprospectors’ find new enzyme, use it to improve antibiotic daptomycin‘Bioprospectors’ find new enzyme, use it to improve antibiotic daptomycin
 (2/7/2017 11:39:28 AM) A research team from Rice University, the University of Kentucky and the University of Oklahoma made new — and in some cases more effective — versions of the antibiotic daptomycin using an enzyme from a soil bacterium found in smoke vents of the Ruth Mullins coal fire.
Rice graduate student Brad Ochocki and ecologist Tom Miller invasive species work published in Nature Communications2017_MIller_Ochocki_Dispersion
 (1/30/2017 4:04:44 PM) Rice graduate student Brad Ochocki and ecologist Tom Miller, using the bean beetle as their model, found that generations born on the leading edge of an invasion are far more able to push on than those born further back. The team's results were reported in Nature Communications.
Rice scientists find 'crypt-keeper' parasitic waspRice scientists find ‘crypt-keeper’ parasite infects another parasite, modifies its behavior
 (1/30/2017 3:40:32 PM) A team of Rice researchers has discovered the 'crypt-keeper' wasp, a parasite known as Euderus set that victimizes gall wasps by modifying their behavior and tunneling to freedom through their heads.
Moving up the food chain can beat being on topMoving up the food chain can beat being on top
 (1/19/2017 10:53:20 AM) Rice news features research from the Rudolf Lab, "Legacy effects of developmental stages determine the functional role of predators."
Happy Holidays 2016Happy Holidays 2016
 (12/21/2016 12:13:29 PM) Happy Holidays from the BioSciences Staff
Carson and Morgado research use of diabetes drug to treat cancerCarson and Morgado research use of diabetes drug to treat cancer
 (12/5/2016 4:15:21 PM) Rice bioscientist Daniel Carson and alumna Micaela Morgado have identified a drug used now to treat Type 2 diabetes that may someday help beat breast and ovarian cancers
‘Bickering’ flies make evolutionary point‘Bickering’ flies make evolutionary point
 (12/2/2016 9:19:18 AM) Julia Saltz studies how aggression among fruit flies alters social environments.
Bartel highly cited researcherBartel highly cited researcher
 (11/28/2016 2:20:36 PM) Bonnie Bartel, the Ralph and Dorothy Looney Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology is one of nine Rice University faculty members named to the Clarivate Highly Cited Researchers list for 2016
2016 Bennett NIH R01 Grant to program gut biome2016 Bennett NIH R01 Grant to program gut biome
 (10/17/2016 2:28:35 PM) The Rice lab led by synthetic biologist Matthew Bennett has received a major National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to develop a library of programmed “plug-and-play” bacteria that live in the gut and respond to molecular triggers delivered through food to fight disease.
Egan_NSF GMO proposalEgan_NSF GMO proposal
 (10/14/2016 3:25:46 PM) Rice scientists lead development of tools to track genetically engineered organisms
Solomon HMNS lecture Oct2016Solomon HMNS lecture Oct2016
 (9/23/2016 10:15:02 AM) Scott Solomon will be will be at the Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS) on October 25th to present his fascinating lecture: Future Humans.
2016 Huxley Fellow Zhu lead author on climate change studyHuxley Fellow Zhu lead author on climate change study
 (9/9/2016 1:15:05 PM)  Huxley Fellow Kai Zhu is lead author on a 17-year experiment that finds present climate near optimal for plant growth in California grasslands
Tao and Zhong receive NIH grant to study how nematodes handle gastrointestinal virusesTao and Zhong receive NIH grant to study how nematodes handle gastrointestinal viruses
 (8/30/2016 2:29:51 PM) Rice University structural biologist Yizhi Jane Tao and geneticist Weiwei Zhong have won a prestigious National Institutes of Health R01 grant to study how the Orsay virus infects a specific worm. Pictured are the Orsay virus shell crystal structure and the nematode it infects.
Rice introduces iBIO initiativeRice introduces iBIO initiative
 (8/8/2016 4:34:38 PM) BioScience faculty members George Bennett and Joff Silberg are leaders in iBIO, an interdisciplinary approach to solving grand challenges through advanced biomanufacturing techniques.

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