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A newly designed vaccine may help stamp out remaining polio cases worldwide
Through genetic changes, the weakened polio vaccine virus can reacquire the ability to cause paralytic polio. Professor Emerita Pat Foster discusses why a new vaccine deliberately constructed to prevent the poliovirus from regaining virulence may be the answer.Read more
Biology alum wins top biomedical research prize
IU Biology alumnus H. Michael Shepard has won the Lasker Award for his role in developing the anti-cancer drug Herceptin.Read more
Biologist to lead evolutionary research effort under nearly $2 million grant
Professor Armin Moczek and colleagues will study how organisms play an active role in directing their own development and evolution. Moczek's lab will contribute to the study by using beetles in the genus Onthophagus.Read more
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