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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.

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.

Predicting Species’ Potential

How far and fast will invasive species extend their reach into the state? CBS researchers are developing distribution models to help planners pinpoint likely hotspots.
 

David Moeller's lab members

Dave Moeller (right) and members of his research lab.

A Penchant for Patterns

Tim Griffin and colleagues are developing a “multiomic” platform to help cancer researchers identify meaningful mutations.
 
Tim Griffin
 

When things go right, protein production within cells operates like a well-oiled machine.

A Solar-Powered Solution for Bioremediation

A new paper from the Wackett and Aksan labs introduces innovative biotech for harnessing solar energy to clean up toxic waste.

Sometimes, humans create environmental messes that are so nasty, we just don’t know what to do. Emergent biotech developed at the University of Minnesota, however, is combining a few tricks from mother nature with sophisticated engineering approaches to help us clean up our act.