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Accurately Editing Genes in Living Cells Means Grappling with Knots in DNA

March 10, 2021 by Esther R Robards-Forbes

Gene editing with CRISPR enzymes inside living cells could become more effective and accurate after researchers at The University of Texas at Austin unveiled how...

Professor Rick Russell (right) and graduate student Isabel Strohkendl conduct experiments using CRISPR enzymes. Image courtesy of The University of Texas at Austin.


Four Natural Sciences Faculty Receive Sloan Research Fellowships

February 16, 2021 by Amanda Figueroa-Nieves

Image of the four faculty members who were the recipients of the fellowship


COVID-19 Vaccine Innovation Could Dramatically Speed Up Worldwide Production

July 23, 2020 by Marc Airhart

A redesigned version of the coronavirus spike protein called HexaPro might speed up vaccine production and yield a more effective immune response to SARS-CoV-2.

Two scientists in lab coats work at a lab bench.


COVID-19 Vaccines with UT Ties Arrived Quickly After Years in the Making

July 15, 2020 by Marc Airhart

When the first COVID-19 vaccine trial in the U.S. began on March 16, history was being made. Never before had a potential vaccine been developed...

Three scientists in white lab coats