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Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

Where Science Meets Society

At Yellowstone, Art and Science Flourish Together

Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park represents a confluence of two seemingly contrasting views of the world. Its dramatic rock formations, diverse wildlife, and the flow of water for which it is named offer countless examples of natural beauty; yet scientists are drawn to these same features because of the unique opportunities they represent to better understand geological and biological processes.

New research seeks beneficial qualities of viruses

What won’t kill you, might make you stronger

New research seeks to find out if viruses can be friends as well as foes

Viruses are responsible for much more than sore throats and stuffy noses. Researchers now believe that some viruses may protect hosts from competitors and help them survive. Despite the fact that viruses are practically everywhere and affect every living thing, scientists know very little about their positive impact on their hosts.

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