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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.

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

Michael 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.

Rapid response

New approach yields promising strategy for breaking down drugs in wastewater.

Kelly Aukema

We’re a medicated society — and because many pharmaceuticals can pass through our bodies without being degraded, we have medicated wastewater as well. Scientists have found scores of different drugs in water flowing into wastewater treatment plants.

UMN Researchers Provide Molecular Portraits of a New Cancer Drug Target

Unprecedented images of cancer genome-mutating enzymes acting on DNA provide vital clues into how the enzymes work to promote tumor evolution and drive poor disease outcomes. These images, revealed by University of Minnesota researchers, provide the first ever high-resolution pictures of molecular complexes formed between DNA and the human APOBEC3A and APOBEC3B enzymes.

The research is published today online in Nature Structural and Molecular Biology.