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When scientific hypotheses don’t pan out

Research studies are often built around an educated guess. What happens when those guesses are wrong?

Feb. 16, 2018 | By Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service

Researchers are always prepared for the possibility of a disproven hypothesis. But what happens when a beloved idea or dogma is shattered is less technical, less predictable. More human.

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Understanding HIV’s evolutionary past — and future

Studies of how the virus evolved and how it might change down the road could help researchers develop vaccines or cures for the infection

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

At approximately 100 years old, HIV is a relatively recent arrival on the human virus scene. But its roots stretch back much farther. Understanding where the virus has come from can help us understand where it’s going — and how to stop it — say evolutionary biologists.

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Adam Geballe elected AAAS Fellow

Hutch virologist honored for revealing key players in molecular ‘arms race’ between viruses and hosts

Nov. 20, 2017 | By Sabrina Richards / Fred Hutch News Service

Dr. Adam Geballe elected AAAS Fellow for pinpointing key players in molecular 'arms race' between viruses and human hosts

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HIV’s unusual family tree

How the virus leapt from monkeys to chimps to humans, and why it doesn’t happen more often

Sept. 25, 2015 | By Dr. Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service

A new study on the evolutionary biology of HIV, simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) and chimp genes by Fred Hutch virologist Dr. Michael Emerman sheds light on how a critical immune blockade may have been breached, just once, to allow the HIV precursor to leap from monkeys to chimps.

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How poxviruses evolve rapidly despite low mutation rate

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center study reveals accordion-like means of adaptation for viruses such as smallpox to evade host immune defenses and drugs

Aug. 20, 2012 | By Kristen Woodward

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Evolutionary biologist Bloom joins Center

Basic Sciences and Public Health Sciences divisions’ Jesse Bloom brings protein evolution, computational expertise to stimulate broad cross-disciplinary research

July 11, 2011 | By Colleen Steelquist

Dr. Jesse Bloom has joined the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center faculty, with a dual appointment in the Basic Sciences Division and the Public Health Sciences Division’s Herbold Computational Biology Program.

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