Faculty Members Named to Professorships and Endowed Chairs

Several College of Natural Sciences faculty members have been newly appointed to special professorships and endowed chairs at The University of Texas at Austin.

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Coronavirus Mutation May Have Made It More Contagious

The virus that causes the coronavirus disease COVID-19 is accumulating genetic mutations, one of which may have made it more contagious.

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Why Some Cancers May Respond Poorly to Key Drugs Discovered

Scientists have identified a driver of drug resistance that can make a life or death difference for patients with some cancers.

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Researchers Discover Key Mechanism Cells Use to Harness Energy

New study finds how cells use important nutrient.

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Matching CRISPR to the Job Improves the Safety, Efficiency of the Gene-Editing Tool

A new tool helps scientists choose the best available gene-editing option for a given job.

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Ask the COVID-19 Experts

An epidemiologist and two molecular bioscientists get to the bottom of your burning COVID-19 questions.

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Some Bacteria Sacrifice Themselves to Protect their Brethren from Antibiotics

Discovery may aid the fight against antibiotic resistance.

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Tiny Insects Provide Inspiration for New Biomaterials

They may be tiny, but leafhoppers have a super power: they secrete a substance that makes their bodies water-repellant and anti-reflective.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Innovation Could Dramatically Speed Up Worldwide Production

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.

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