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MSU Scientists Study Gene Causing Children’s Seizures

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Uncovering key differences in the way GNAO1 functions.

First U.S. Success of Nonhuman Primate Gene Editing

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Mice have been and will continue to be good base models for human medicinal advances. However, their size and some of their physiological differences leave them lacking in important areas of human medicine, including neurological and reproductive research. In a study led by Michigan State University, scientists have shown that gene editing using CRISPR/Cas9 technology can be quite effective in rhesus monkey…

New Computational Methods May Lead to Healthier Future

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Using Molecular Dynamics to Study Protein Binding

Transgenic Core Opens in Bio Engineering Facility

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Offers transgenic and genome editing services to campus researchers.

Promising New Drug Stops Spread of Melanoma by 90 Precent

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Michigan State University researchers have discovered that a chemical compound, and potential new drug, reduces the spread of melanoma cells by up to 90 percent. The man-made, small-molecule drug compound goes after a gene’s ability to produce RNA molecules and certain proteins in melanoma tumors. This gene activity, or transcription process, causes the disease to spread but the compound can shut it…

Cows May Offer Clues to Improving Infertility in Women

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A Michigan State University researcher has received a $1.65 million grant that looks to bring a better understanding about fertility treatments in women by studying the effect of hormones on ovulation and reproduction in cows. “Cattle are a useful model because they have a relatively long reproductive cycle similar to women and they ovulate a single egg at the end of each…

Bio Engineering Facility Featured on Local News

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Lansing, Mich., television station WNLS-6 recently interviewed Chris Contag, the inaugural director of Michigan State University’s Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering and the chairperson of the new Department of Biomedical Engineering. In the video, Contag also provides a tour of MSU’s newly opened Bio Engineering Facility, which brings together dozens of researchers from across the campus representing a wide range of disciplines, conducting…

New Neighboring Building Will Add to Biomedical Initiative

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The MSU Board of Trustees recently approved and authorized university administration to proceed with construction of the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building, a 170,000-square foot facility, which will bolster the university’s commitment to providing interdisciplinary research space to support significant growth in STEM-related fields: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It will play a key role in support of MSU’s Global Impact Initiative. New…

Contag Receives 2017 Britton Chance Biomedical Optics Award

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Director of IQ honored for his pioneering work in optical imaging.

Pioneer in Molecular Imaging to Lead MSU’s New Bio Engineering Research Initiatives

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Christopher H. Contag will join Michigan State University as the inaugural director of the Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering and the chairperson of the new Department of Biomedical Engineering. Contag was previously a professor in the Departments of Pediatrics, Radiology, Bioengineering, and Microbiology and Immunology at Stanford University. He held the titles of associate chief of Neonatal and Developmental Medicine,…