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Dr. Jesse Bloom named Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator

Biologist uses viruses to study molecular evolution

May 23, 2018 | By Sabrina Richards / Fred Hutch News Service

Dr. Jesse Bloom, a researcher in Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s Basic Sciences Division and Herbold Computational Biology Program, has been named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator.

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Fred Hutch’s Katherine Xue among 2018 Weintraub Award recipients

13 graduate students selected for prestigious award in biological sciences

March 6, 2018 | By Kristen Woodward / Fred Hutch News Service

Katherine Xue, a doctoral candidate in the Bloom Lab at Fred Hutch, is among 13 recipients of the 2018 Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award.

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MERS remains primarily a camel virus — for now

Fred Hutch researchers use genetic sequence data to show virus reaches ‘dead end’ in humans

Jan. 16, 2018 | Mary Engel / Fred Hutch News Service

Fred Hutch researchers used genetic sequence data to confirm that the virus does not spread easily between humans.

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'Wtf'? A gene that poisons its own host

Discovery of genes that divide two species in a simple fungus sheds light on complex evolutionary principles

June 20, 2017 | By Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service

In a new study, researchers describe a family of genes called "wtf" — and how they don't behave in the way you might expect.

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New library of HIV mutants could inform vaccine design

Laboratory manipulation of the AIDS-causing virus reveals evolutionary ‘dead-ends’

June 1, 2017 | By Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service

Fred Hutch researchers have created a library containing millions of mutant HIV viruses. Some of these mutants are very good at infecting human cells, no different from their “natural” viral ancestor. Some of them are worse. Together, they can teach researchers something important about HIV in humans.

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A big-picture look at the world’s worst Ebola epidemic

International team of scientists show how real-time sequencing and data-sharing can help stop the next outbreak

April 12, 2017 | By Mary Engel / Fred Hutch News Service

An international team of scientists analyzed 1,610 Ebola virus genomes for the most comprehensive look to date at the how the 2013-2016 epidemic spread, proliferated and declined across the three West African countries most affected.

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