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Discoveries

Our faculty and students are creating new knowledge every day and driving solutions to some of our greatest challenges. You are now viewing a collection of discoveries at the College of Biological Sciences.

Kids and cholesterol

A new study aims to boost screening and improve outcomes for children with a genetic form of high cholesterol and their families.

It may come as a surprise, but one in 250 kids has a genetic form of high cholesterol. It may come as less of a surprise that many of them go undiagnosed. Catching the condition early is key.

Sleep can wait - and wait - with some fish

Suzanne McGaugh and colleagues embarked on an NIH-funded study to search for genes that regulate sleep and feeding in blind cave fish.

Cave fish

Sleeping and eating are linked in many species and often there’s a tradeoff between the two activities.

Harmful Turned Harmless

Mikael Elias and colleagues engineer an enzyme that rapidly neutralizes the toxicity of common pesticides and herbicides.

Mikael Elias in his lab

Mikael Elias in his lab in St. Paul.

Minding the Gap

Taking an evidence-based approach to making STEM more inclusive.

Sehoya Cotner, Cissy Ballen and undergraduates

Women make up about 60 percent of biology undergraduates in the United States, but only 36 percent of assistant professors and 18 percent of full professors.