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IU Biology faculty work on many organisms, including model organisms such as Daphnia pulex.

Daphnia pulex (sideways)

Current News

  • Professor Jeff Palmer led the study that discovered the first known instance of a plant or animal lacking several key genes involved in energy production in cells. Palmer, postdoc Elizabeth Skippington, research associate Danny Rice, and colleague Todd Barkman (W. Mich. Univ. at Kalamazoo) reported in the journal of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that the parasitic plant Viscum scurruloideum, a species of mistletoe, has the apparent ability to survive and thrive without several genes involved in the primary energy-producing pathway of oxygen-respiring organisms. [ IU news release | abstract ]
  • Findings made by Irene Newton’s lab about Wolbachia genomes and the intracellular bacterium's adaptability to its host are featured in the July 2015 issue of Nature Reviews Microbiology. [ article ]
  • U.S. News and World Report features undergraduate Sarah Cummins' research in "Many skin bacteria are dead or inactive, study finds." Cummins is a member of the Lennon Lab. [ article | ASM release ]
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