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Center Stage: Andrew Chetcuti Seamlessly Melds Academics and Athletics

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After graduation, the biology major heads to Brazil to compete in the 2016 Olympics and then to graduate school.
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A KEY ROLE FOR MICROBES IN OIL SPILLS

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In the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon blowout, the findings of basic research will help better address future disasters.
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Freshmen Forging the Future: Caroline Zabinski, Biology

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At Georgia Tech, Caroline is combining biology and engineering, with an ultimate goal of creating things with meaningful and lasting impact on the environment.
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Crab Shell Signaling Helps Control the Many Faces of Cholera, Study Shows

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A new study shows the diversity and resourcefulness of Vibrio cholerae, the organism behind the disease cholera.
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Lachance Lab receives NIH funding to study the genetics of prostate cancer in African men

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Lachance Lab receives NIH funding to study the genetics of prostate cancer in African men
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Extraterrestrial Life May Be Ubiquitous, Georgia Tech Research Suggests

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Where proteins exist, study finds, biochemistry can take place, making life possible
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An Animal That “Flies” through the Ocean

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Georgia Institute of Technology researchers went to the Pacific Ocean to scoop up hundreds of the 3-millimeter zooplankton snails (sea butterflies or pteropods) and then used high-speed cameras to watch how they move. They found that sea butterflies don’t paddle like most small water animals. Instead, they’re like flying insects, flapping their wings to produce lift and propel them through the water.
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It turns out that the sea butterfly (Limacina helicina), a zooplankton snail that lives in cold oceans, lives up to its name. Georgia Institute of Technology researchers went to the Pacific Ocean to scoop up hundreds of the 3-millimeter marine mollusks (pteropods) and then used high-speed cameras to watch how they move. They found that sea butterflies don’t paddle like most small water animals. Instead, they’re like flying insects, flapping their wings to produce lift and propel them through the water.

Looking Beyond the Structure

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Genetics study shows a burden of rare mutations affecting how our genes are used
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Study Shows Large Variability in Abundance of Viruses that Infect Ocean Microorganisms

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Marine microorganisms play a critical role in capturing atmospheric carbon, but a new study finds much less certainty than previously believed about the populations of the viruses that infect these important organisms.
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Viruses infect more than humans or plants. For microorganisms in the oceans – including those that capture half of the carbon taken out of the atmosphere every day – viruses are a major threat. But a paper published January 25 in the journal Nature Microbiology shows that there’s much less certainty about the size of these viral populations than scientists had long believed.

Gulf of Mexico Study Finds Microbes Thriving above Natural Oil Seeps

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In the water above natural oil seeps in the Gulf of Mexico, where oil and gas bubbles rise almost a mile to break at the surface, scientists from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Columbia University and Florida State University have discovered something unusual: phytoplankton, tiny microbes at the base of the marine food chain, are thriving.
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In the water above natural oil seeps in the Gulf of Mexico, where oil and gas bubbles rise almost a mile to break at the surface, scientists from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Columbia University and Florida State University have discovered something unusual: phytoplankton, tiny microbes at the base of the marine food chain, are thriving.

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