Viruses Impaired If Their Targets Have Diverse Genes

When a viral infection spread through five genetically identical mice in a row, the virus replicated faster and became more virulent or severe. But when the infection spread one-by-one through five genetically diverse mice, the virus had trouble adapting and became less virulent. Read More

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Why Lizards Have Bird Breath

Whether birds are breathing in or out, air flows in a one-directional loop through their lungs. This pattern was unexpected and for decades, biologists assumed it was unique to birds, a special adaptation driven by the intense energy demands of flight. Read More

University of Utah Ascending in a New Global Ranking of High-Quality Science Output

The University of Utah ranks among the top 100 for high-quality science in a new index of the world’s leading research centers. Read More

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Self-Repairing Software Tackles Bugs

University of Utah computer scientists have developed software that not only detects and eradicates never-before-seen viruses and other malware, but also automatically repairs damage caused by them. The software then prevents the invader from ever infecting the computer again. Read More


Did Men Evolve Navigation Skill to Find Mates?

A University of Utah study of two African tribes found evidence that men evolved better navigation ability than women because men with better spatial skills – the ability to mentally manipulate objects – can roam farther and have children with more mates. Read More