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Oct 30, 2014

Bordenstein Lab work on Antibiotics, Gene Transfer, and The Tree of Life is featured at National Geographic
Every living thing on the planet has to contend with bacteria. To many viruses, they are prey. To other bacteria, they are competitors. To animals and plants, they can be the cause of devastating diseases or beneficial partners that provide everything from nutrition to immunity to light. They have been around for some 3 billion years, and they are everywhere. So, it makes sense that a gene which allows its owners to deal with bacteria might find a home throughout the entire tree of life. » Read More


Oct 15, 2014

Grand Challenge for Global Health
GCGH Project is highlighted in this YouTube video.


Sep 16, 2014

Mosquito facts and fictions

One of Jason Pitts’ favorite stories is about mosquitoes and their strange attraction to Limburger cheese.

Pitts is a research assistant professor of biological sciences and a key member of a research team at Vanderbilt University that is attempting to combat malaria and other mosquito-borne illnesses by developing new and improved attractants and repellants. In his spare time, he collects interesting facts and stories about his research subjects, nature’s ultimate bioterrorists.

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Aug 22, 2014

Rethinking The Origin of Species: Discover Magazine Features The Speciation Microbiome Project by Bordenstein Lab

Introduction: "Scientists have long known of the important roles played by the microbes on and in our bodies -- our microbiomes. These little guys outnumber our own cells 10 to 1, and they help regulate everything from the energy we get out of food to the health of our immune systems. Now, scientists believe that the bugs help play another important role: the evolution of new species."

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Aug 14, 2014

Professor Eichman: Repair protein's DNA recognition motif
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Jul 10, 2014

Rollins-Smith Lab study published in Nature finds 'hot' frogs fight off fungal pathogen
To read the full article online at Research News @ Vanderbilt click here


Jul 9, 2014

Prof. Zwiebel in Vanderbilt Magazine "How to Outsmart a Mosquito"

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Jun 11, 2014

Bordenstein Lab Research on Origin of New Species in Wired and Quanta Magazines

Research News at Vanderbilt article

Wired article

Quanta Magazine article


May 23, 2014

Professor Gerald Stubbs bestowed title of Emeritus Faculty
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May 23, 2014

2014 Biological Sciences Graduation Reception
See photos from the graduation reception held May 8, 2014.



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