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X-ray of human body holding up their hand to green bacteria.
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Censoring (Bacterial) Speech

Some bacteria “lie low” until they sense their numbers are high enough to launch an infection. By identifying and blocking a sensing mechanism, U of M researchers reduced rats’ infection severity and death rate from pneumonia-causing bacteria.
Female researcher using a pipet.
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Top Five Medical Research Highlights for 2014

Medical research at the U of M had a banner year in 2014. From unlocking secrets of heart cells to pioneering a way to relieve the suffering of children with pancreatitis, the discoveries kept pushing back the frontiers of medicine.
Section of Self Portrait (1889) by Vincent Van Gogh.
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Organizing Chaos

Psychology graduate student Rachael Grazioplene is pursuing the question of how creative people and those with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder can share several key genes, yet be so different. The differences may hold clues to how many creative people keep mentally healthy.
Bacteria in a petri dish.
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Treating Diabetes with Beneficial Bacteria

In type 2 diabetes, the body’s poor response to insulin raises blood glucose levels. But a new treatment may be on the horizon; U of M researchers are investigating whether changing the mix of gut bacteria can boost sensitivity to insulin.
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U of M offers 2 legislative previews for media Jan. 13

What: Two U of M legislative media events – a morning on-campus briefing with visuals and a mid-day press conference with U President Eric Kaler at the State Capitol When: Tuesday, Jan. 13 – on-campus briefing from 9:30 to 11 a.m.; Kaler press conference from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. in St. Paul