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When you hear about genetically modified organisms, does your mind jump to the end of humanity as we know it? Then let’s start smaller with something like a Syrian hamster.
Editing the Course of Health

Editing the Course of Health

When you hear about genetically modified organisms, does your mind jump to the end of humanity as we know it? Then let’s start smaller with something like a Syrian hamster.

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Maple syrup. When you picture the maple trees whose sap creates everyone’s favorite pancake condiment, are box elders the first tree to come to mind? Probably not.
The Budding Maple Syrup Industry of the Intermountain West

The Budding Maple Syrup Industry of the Intermountain West

Maple syrup. When you picture the maple trees whose sap creates everyone’s favorite pancake condiment, are box elders the first tree to come to mind? Probably not.

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USU has long been involved in research growing plants in space labs such as the International Space Station. Recently a Ph.D. student was recognized for her research here on Earth that could help researchers design the ideal conditions for growing plants
USU Student Wins Award for Research That Could Help Plants Grow in Space

USU Student Wins Award for Research That Could Help Plants Grow in Space

USU has long been involved in research growing plants in space labs such as the International Space Station. Recently a Ph.D. student was recognized for her research here on Earth that could help researchers design the ideal conditions for growing plants ...

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A new report from an international team of climate scientists suggests day-to-day weather system changes have played a big role in a period of generalized drying in the western United States — and the cause wasn’t an increase in high-pressure areas but ra
Scientists Find High Pressure Ridges Aren't the Main Players in the West's Drying Climate

Scientists Find High Pressure Ridges Aren't the Main Players in the West's Drying Climate

A new report from an international team of climate scientists suggests day-to-day weather system changes have played a big role in a period of generalized drying in the western United States — and the cause wasn’t an increase in high-pressure areas but ra...

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Attributing any specific instance of pollution to its source with scientific certainty, however, had proven difficult. Now, using the 2020 event as a starting place, an international team of researchers has developed a method for tracking the origins of a
Researchers Track Origins of Toxic Catastrophe in the Himalayas

Researchers Track Origins of Toxic Catastrophe in the Himalayas

Attributing any specific instance of pollution to its source with scientific certainty, however, had proven difficult. Now, using the 2020 event as a starting place, an international team of researchers has developed a method for tracking the origins of a...

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While many people think of their pets as part of the family, human-animal bonds can sometimes be viewed as less meaningful than other relationships. Playing with a dog or cat is fun, but it’s not usually considered to be a serious activity.
What Animals Can Teach Us

What Animals Can Teach Us

While many people think of their pets as part of the family, human-animal bonds can sometimes be viewed as less meaningful than other relationships. Playing with a dog or cat is fun, but it’s not usually considered to be a serious activity.

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There is a study that has become apocryphal across long-distance running communities. It tried to answer the most common question distance runners get from normal pedestrian people. “What do you think about when you are running?”
Running Like Jane

Running Like Jane

There is a study that has become apocryphal across long-distance running communities. It tried to answer the most common question distance runners get from normal pedestrian people. “What do you think about when you are running?”

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Research focused on neurological impacts of the virus and the omicron variant
USU Scientists Contribute to Two Important COVID-19 Studies

USU Scientists Contribute to Two Important COVID-19 Studies

Research focused on neurological impacts of the virus and the omicron variant

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Utah State University student Michael Clayton won the 64th American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians’ pathology slide seminar award for his presentation on the 2020 outbreak of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in farmed mink
Research on SARS-CoV-2 Outbreak Among Farmed Mink in Utah Earns Award for USU Doctoral Student

Research on SARS-CoV-2 Outbreak Among Farmed Mink in Utah Earns Award for USU Doctoral Student

Utah State University student Michael Clayton won the 64th American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians’ pathology slide seminar award for his presentation on the 2020 outbreak of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in farmed mink ...

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Rakesh Kaundal's Contributions to Bioinformatics Push the Boundaries of Human Knowledge
USU Bioinformatics Expert Hopes Big Data Lab Will Revolutionize More Fields of Research

USU Bioinformatics Expert Hopes Big Data Lab Will Revolutionize More Fields of Research

Rakesh Kaundal's Contributions to Bioinformatics Push the Boundaries of Human Knowledge

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A multidisciplinary team of researchers at Utah State University and Michigan State University have been awarded $1.97 million over 4 years from the United States Department of Agriculture to study more efficient ways of managing this major crop.
Researchers at USU awarded $1.97 Million to Study Important Utah Fruit Crop

Researchers at USU awarded $1.97 Million to Study Important Utah Fruit Crop

A multidisciplinary team of researchers at Utah State University and Michigan State University have been awarded $1.97 million over 4 years from the United States Department of Agriculture to study more efficient ways of managing this major crop.

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A research team consisting of USU faculty members and others received the 5-year grant of $311,000 per year from the NIH to study how male mouse diets affect the health of their offspring.
NIH Funds USU Researchers' Work on Fathers' Nutrition and Children's Health

NIH Funds USU Researchers' Work on Fathers' Nutrition and Children's Health

A research team consisting of USU faculty members and others received the 5-year grant of $311,000 per year from the NIH to study how male mouse diets affect the health of their offspring.

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Three students working in disciplines within the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences were awarded Undergraduate Research and Creative Opportunity Grants (URCO) to support conducting their own research in life, plant and food sciences this summer.
Students Receive Grants to Conduct Impactful Undergraduate Research

Students Receive Grants to Conduct Impactful Undergraduate Research

Three students working in disciplines within the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences were awarded Undergraduate Research and Creative Opportunity Grants (URCO) to support conducting their own research in life, plant and food sciences this summer....

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Research from Utah State University and the Utah Climate Center suggests that a majority of precipitating clouds may be suitable for seeding, but that suitability varies greatly from mountain to mountain, month to month and weather system to weather syste
Commentary: Utah can get more water from our clouds — if we invest in real science

Commentary: Utah can get more water from our clouds — if we invest in real science

Research from Utah State University and the Utah Climate Center suggests that a majority of precipitating clouds may be suitable for seeding, but that suitability varies greatly from mountain to mountain, month to month and weather system to weather syste...

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Like many other viruses, Rift Valley fever virus causes disease in animals and can be transmitted to humans by infected mosquitos or through contact with the blood or organs of infected animals.
Study of Rift Valley Fever Virus Treatment Published by the National Academy of Sciences

Study of Rift Valley Fever Virus Treatment Published by the National Academy of Sciences

Like many other viruses, Rift Valley fever virus causes disease in animals and can be transmitted to humans by infected mosquitos or through contact with the blood or organs of infected animals.

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The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food has awarded Utah State University’s Department of Plants, Soils and Climate a $36,000 grant for work on medusahead and invasive mustard species.
PSC Awarded $36,000 for Invasive Plant Species Research

PSC Awarded $36,000 for Invasive Plant Species Research

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food has awarded Utah State University’s Department of Plants, Soils and Climate a $36,000 grant for work on medusahead and invasive mustard species.

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Ashley Scheesley, a Utah State University master of veterinary public health student, is interested in what causes animals to get sick, zoonotic diseases, and how habitat destruction increases the number of infectious diseases.
Antiviral Research for Master of Public Health Student

Antiviral Research for Master of Public Health Student

Ashley Scheesley, a Utah State University master of veterinary public health student, is interested in what causes animals to get sick, zoonotic diseases, and how habitat destruction increases the number of infectious diseases.

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A team of scientists at Utah State University has developed a new tool to forecast drought and water flow in the Colorado River several years in advance.
The Colorado River's Water Supply is Predictable Owing to Long-term Ocean Memory

The Colorado River's Water Supply is Predictable Owing to Long-term Ocean Memory

A team of scientists at Utah State University has developed a new tool to forecast drought and water flow in the Colorado River several years in advance.

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For the first time, scientists have created pigs, goats and cattle that can serve as viable “surrogate sires” that could speed the spread of desirable characteristics by male animals that produce sperm carrying only the genetic traits of donor animals.
Gene-Edited Livestock 'Surrogate Sires' Successfully Made Fertile

Gene-Edited Livestock 'Surrogate Sires' Successfully Made Fertile

For the first time, scientists have created pigs, goats and cattle that can serve as viable “surrogate sires” that could speed the spread of desirable characteristics by male animals that produce sperm carrying only the genetic traits of donor animals.

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AIM ImmunoTech Inc. is pleased to announce that it has identified an effective in vitro model at The Institute for Antiviral Research at Utah State University for testing Ampligen.
AIM ImmunoTech Inc. Decreases SARS-CoV-2 Infectious Viral Yields by 90% Using New In Vitro Model; Supports Further Testing of Ampligen as an Intranasal Prophylactic to Prevent COVID-19

AIM ImmunoTech Inc. Decreases SARS-CoV-2 Infectious Viral Yields by 90% Using New In Vitro Model; Supports Further Testing of Ampligen as an Intranasal Prophylactic to Prevent COVID-19

AIM ImmunoTech Inc. is pleased to announce that it has identified an effective in vitro model at The Institute for Antiviral Research at Utah State University for testing Ampligen.

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Master’s degree student Lexie Padilla and Assistant Professor Fernanda Batistel in USU’s Department of Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences study the function of the rumen to help livestock producers save money on feed and to improve the environment.
Animal Nutrition Research Earns National Recognition

Animal Nutrition Research Earns National Recognition

Master’s degree student Lexie Padilla and Assistant Professor Fernanda Batistel in USU’s Department of Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences study the function of the rumen to help livestock producers save money on feed and to improve the environment.

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Refugees face many changes in purchasing and preparing nutritious food for their families upon relocation. Nutrition education can be an important part of improving nutrition and health for refugees.
Examining Nutrition Education Programs for Refugees in the United States

Examining Nutrition Education Programs for Refugees in the United States

Refugees face many changes in purchasing and preparing nutritious food for their families upon relocation. Nutrition education can be an important part of improving nutrition and health for refugees.

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Utah State University is using Moleaer’s nanobubble generators in studies for providing astronauts with freshly grown crops.
Moleaer collaborating with USU team for NASA space farming project

Moleaer collaborating with USU team for NASA space farming project

Utah State University is using Moleaer’s nanobubble generators in studies for providing astronauts with freshly grown crops.

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Hantaviruses cause severe and sometimes fatal respiratory infections, but how they infect lung cells has been a mystery. Deleting this receptor made lab animals highly resistant to infection.
Study Identifies How Hantaviruses Infect Lung Cells

Study Identifies How Hantaviruses Infect Lung Cells

Hantaviruses cause severe and sometimes fatal respiratory infections, but how they infect lung cells has been a mystery. Deleting this receptor made lab animals highly resistant to infection.

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A recent visit to Utah State University by top administrators from National Chung Hsing University (NCHU) was an important step in solidifying efforts to create learning and research opportunities for faculty and students at both universities. Learn More.
Agreement Brings Together East and West

Agreement Brings Together East and West

A recent visit to Utah State University by top administrators from National Chung Hsing University (NCHU) was an important step in solidifying efforts to create learning and research opportunities for faculty and students at both universities. Learn More....

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Scientists at Utah State University are studying various growing practices to optimize the yield and quality of hemp for botanical medicines.
Hemp Research Underway at Utah State University

Hemp Research Underway at Utah State University

Scientists at Utah State University are studying various growing practices to optimize the yield and quality of hemp for botanical medicines.