News for Future graduate students

Monday, January 9, 2017

Enigmatic Archaea: Scientists learn more about a key player in wastewater treatment

Water spout gushing with water

Byline: Ola Matysiakiewicz, Biology MSc. student

Single-celled microorganisms, including both bacteria and archaea, have been around for over 3 billion years but scientists have only recently discovered that many of them exist.

Friday, January 6, 2017

SMALL MOLECULES, BIG DEAL: Exposure to a simple molecule can restore fertility in sterile plants

arabidopsis thaliana

Byline: Mark Lubberts, Biology MSc. student 

Some mutated versions of the flowering plant Arabidopsis thaliana can’t reproduce. But exposure to a small molecule called spermidine can restore fertility in some branches in one particular Arabidopsis mutant.

Even more surprisingly, the offspring of the treated plants are fertile, even though they have the same mutations as their parent.