Daniel Voytas found a way to correct defective genes and insert new ones with surgical precision. Robert Vince invented the anti-HIV drug Ziagen. Kechun Zhang invented a biodegradable polyester made from sugar.
The University of Minnesota just got a report card on its research enterprise—the engine that drives much of the state economy. A new ranking places the U of M in the top 25 public universities, and one of only nine that fulfilled all its research-related criteria.