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Iowa State University scientist helps to develop rice plants to neutralize HIV transmission

By Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service

An international research group, which included Iowa State’s Raziel Antonio-Ordonez, a postdoctoral researcher in agronomy, has proven that three proteins that can help prevent the spread of HIV can be expressed in transgenic rice plants. Using plants as a production platform could provide a cost-effective means of producing prophylactics, particularly in the developing world.


Joint Iowa, Iowa State research teams win seed grants to launch bioscience projects

By Mike Krapfl, Iowa State University News Service

The research offices at Iowa State University and the University of Iowa have awarded five seed grants to help researchers on the two campuses collaborate and build joint bioscience projects. This year’s first round of grants will support development and studies of a skin-monitoring device, a molecular view of the immune system, magnetic stimulation of…

Floating islands research

Floating islands project studies water quality, pollinator plants

By Chelsea Davis, Iowa State University News Service

The sustainable environments interdisciplinary graduate program’s floating islands research project is back on Iowa State University’s Lake LaVerne for the first summer since 2015. While the project still measures nutrient uptake from the water, this year’s research adds a new twist. Pollinator plants are being used to determine if floating islands could have a twofold…


Iowa State University to host federally funded center of excellence for swine genomics

By Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service

A new federally funded center of excellence led by Iowa State University scientists will analyze various structures and mechanisms in the swine genome with the goal of allowing pork producers to predict with greater accuracy the traits in their herds. The institute will include personnel at Iowa State, Michigan State, the University of California at…