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Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust’s commitment of $3.5 million will advance biomolecular research at Iowa State University

By Iowa State University Foundation

The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust of Muscatine, Iowa, has committed more than $3.5 million to transform biomolecular research at Iowa State University, making it a leader in advanced electron microscopy technology. The Carver Trust grant will help advance the second phase of the Iowa State University Roy J. Carver Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and…


New zebrafish lab gives boost to gene-editing research

By Dave Roepke, Iowa State University Internal Communications

By testing in the transparent embryos of zebrafish, Jeffrey Essner, professor of genetics, development and cell biology, and Maura McGrail, associate professor of genetics, development and cell biology, aim to develop gene-editing strategies for applications to create large-animal models of human disease — and, ultimately, gene therapy treatments for animals and humans.


Iowa State University Advances Saturated Riparian Buffers as a Promising Water-quality Practice for Crop Fields

By College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

A new technology for cleansing nutrients from water leaving Iowa’s tile-drained fields began with two Iowa State University researchers brainstorming after a professional meeting back in 2010. Their conversation led to development of saturated riparian buffers, a new conservation practice that is rapidly gaining interest in Iowa and far beyond.