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Gateway Magazine 

Research stories from the BioTechnology Institute and MnDRIVE Environment Initiative.

The Promise of Peat

The Promise of Peat

UMN researcher Dr. Brandy Stewart studies carbon-rich peat to filter harmful metals from wastewater

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Battling Biocorrosion in Duluth-Superior Harbor

Battling Biocorrosion in Duluth-Superior Harbor

University of Minnesota researchers develop novel bioactive coating to protect valuable port infrastructure. by Annamarie Rutledge Duluth’s shipping industry has always been vulnerable to shifts in global commodity prices. But the Great Lakes busiest transportation...

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Advancing Biotech Byte by Byte

Advancing Biotech Byte by Byte

How computational biology is solving the big data dilemma, one question at a time. Plus Q&A's with Dan Knights and Chad Myers When you log onto Facebook, your profile provides the company with a truckload of data about you — where you hang out, what you “Like”,...

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Insights from our Insides, a Q&A with Dan Knights

Insights from our Insides, a Q&A with Dan Knights

We are what we eat but there’s also a host of microbes living in our guts that help us make the most of all that food. Computational Biologist, Dan Knights investigates the dynamic and rapidly evolving relationship between humans and the bugs living within.

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Q&A with Michael Freeman

Q&A with Michael Freeman

New BTI faculty member translates unknown microbial languages into novel possibilities for biotech. By Colleen Smith Michael Freeman joins the Biotechnology Institute this Spring as a new faculty in the College of Biological Sciences. Hired in the Synthetic Biology...

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Fungal Pests Reassessed

Fungal Pests Reassessed

Some fungi have developed a bad reputation as pests eating wood from the buildings where people live and work. But BTI researcher Jonathan Schilling is challenging old assumptions and finding new reasons to study the ubiquitous microorganisms.

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Science, It’s What’s for Dinner

Science, It’s What’s for Dinner

If it’s on the shelf at the grocery store, it must be safe to eat… right? Hopefully, that answer is yes. Yet a dazzling array of microorganisms — not all of them friendly — enjoy human grub in our gastrointestinal tracts as much as we do. How can science help to guarantee the safety of our foods and bodies against an army of opportunist bugs?

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Bio-machines and Nanospheres

Bio-machines and Nanospheres

Imagine for a moment, the conditions necessary to sustain life. What comes to mind? Water? Oxygen? Sunlight? Think again. Many of the world’s smallest organisms have evolved and adapted to live under extreme conditions where these basic building blocks are scarce or absent altogether.

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