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A helping hand for Haiti

In the shadow of a rundown block building in Los Palis, Haiti, children wearing tattered clothes bit into half-ripened mangoes they picked from the ground…

Fighting bacteria

Bacteria don’t have easy lives. In addition to mammalian immune systems that besiege the bugs, they have natural enemies called bacteriophages, viruses that kill half the bacteria on Earth every two days.

Monkey see, monkey do

Before patting yourself on the back for resisting that cookie or kicking yourself for giving in to temptation, look around. A new UGA study has revealed that self-control—or the lack thereof—is contagious.

The heat is on

University of Georgia researcher Gary Hawkins looks at rotting fruits and vegetables differently than most people. Where they may see useless balls of moldy fuzz, he sees fuel.

Understanding the roots of drug use

A new UGA study is exploring how the interaction of the environment and one’s genetic makeup can influence drug use vulnerability in rural African Americans.

Splice of Life

UGA scientists looking to understand the genetic mechanisms of plant defense and growth have found an inverse relationship between gene duplication and alternative splicing in plants.