Research on the effect of the enzyme APOBEC3G
Research on the effect of the enzyme APOBEC3G on DNA replication was conducted in the bacteria Escherichia coli. Photo by Department of Defense
An assistant holds a mistletoe branch collected August 2000 from a rainforest
An assistant holds a mistletoe branch collected August 2000 from a rainforest on the island of Borneo. Recently, IU scientists discovered the plant's respiratory system is unlike any other on Earth. Photo by Todd Barkman, Western Michigan University at Kalamazoo
beetles
One aspect of Moczek's research shows that genes and developmental pathways that originally gave rise to legs and other appendages were later re-used to create beetles' extravagant horn-like structures. Photo by Armin Moczek, IU Biology.

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Professor Armin Moczek to co-lead an $8.7 million grant on evolutionary development: Moczek, Distinguished Professor Mike Wade, and IU colleagues will receive $1.25 million to lead three of 22 projects that span nearly 50 scientists at eight institutions in the United States, Great Britain, and Sweden.

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Assistant Professor Erik Ragsdale has received NSF funding to identify the genetic mechanism that makes up a "switch" allowing some genetically identical species to develop strikingly different physical characteristics based on their environment—a phenomenon known as "polyphenism."

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A team of IU microbiologists (Yves Brun, Daniel Kearns, Sidney Shaw, and Malcolm Winkler) and chemists (Stephen Jacobson and Michael Van Nieuwenhze) have been awarded a major $3.4 million collaborative grant by the National Institutes of Health to develop new reagents and methods to study the bacterial cell wall, the main target for the design of new antibiotics.

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Faculty members Mike Lynch, Patricia Foster, Jake McKinlay, and Jay Lennon received $6.2 million to study bacterial evolution in single species and in communities using high-power sequencing approaches.

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An IU-led team of biologists has earned one of 12 biodiversity grants awarded by NSF: Associate Professor Jay T. Lennon and postdoc Ken Locey (in collaboration with Notre Dame assistant professor Stuart Jones) have been awarded over $1.9 million to fund research over the next five years aimed at better understanding the role of dormancy in maintaining microbial diversity.

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