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2: What's on Your Plate?

When studying cancer in mice, USU researchers are starting with a “Western diet” and finding more connections between diet and health… good and bad.

5: Uncommon Hamsters Helping Fight Common Viruses

New genetically modified hamsters play an important role in studying human diseases caused by adenovirus, and may also be valuable in studies of Ebola, dengue and hanta viruses.

8: Science vs. Viruses

When viruses cause enough damage to make the news, it’s rarely “news” to scientists at the Institute for Antiviral Research. Learning how viruses work, and testing drugs to stop them, is what faculty and student researchers have done there since 1977.

15: Mapping Zika Virus Genomes

A team of Utah State University researchers has mapped the genomes of three strains of Zika virus, an important step in understanding the virus and developing strategies to treat and prevent Zika virus infection.

22: Our Complicated Relationship with the Microbiome

As many as 1,000 species of microorganisms inhabit in the human digestive tract and have a lot to do with our individual health. But can transferring some of the good bacteria from one gastrointestinal tract to another provide benefits?

26: Transgenic Goats May Help Heal Hearts

Atrial fibrillation is the most common kind of abnormal heartbeat in humans, and newly engineered goats may help doctors understand why and how to treat it.

28: One Health and Emerging Infectious Diseases

Infectious diseases can travel remarkably fast and emerging human diseases increasingly have their origins in wildlife and other animals. Scientists are paying greater attention to connections between the health of people, animals and the environment.

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