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Fecal Transplants Let Packrats Eat Poison

Woodrats lost their ability to eat toxic creosote bushes after antibiotics killed their gut microbes. Woodrats that never ate the plants were able to do so after receiving fecal transplants with microbes from creosote-eaters, University of Utah biologists found. Read More

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Businessweek Report: ‘University of Utah’s New Dorm Mimics Google Headquarters’

The Lassonde Studios — a new facility being built on the University of Utah campus for student entrepreneurs and innovators to live, create and launch companies — came into the national spotlight this week with a report by Bloomberg Businessweek. Read More

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New View of Rainier’s Volcanic Plumbing

By measuring how fast Earth conducts electricity and seismic waves, a University of Utah researcher and colleagues made a detailed picture of Mount Rainier’s deep volcanic plumbing and partly molten rock that will erupt again someday. Read More

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Christian Gardner Elected New Trustee at U

The Utah State Senate voted today to confirm Christian K. Gardner as trustee of the University of Utah Board of Trustees. Gardner’s appointment was proposed by Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert to replace Clark Ivory and fill the remainder of his term, which expires June 30, 2015. Read More

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New Plant Species from the Heart of Texas

Collectors found the first two specimens of the prickly plant in 1974 and 1990 in west Texas. Then, for two decades, the 14-inch-tall plant was identified wrongly as one species, then another and then a third. Read More