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Seth Bordenstein

The pronoun ‘I’ is becoming obsolete

Aug. 19, 2015—Recent microbiological research has shown that plants and animals, including humans, are not autonomous individuals but are holobionts: biomolecular networks that consist of visible hosts plus millions of invisible microbes.

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Bordenstein receives grant to study bacterial infections passed from mother to offspring

Apr. 10, 2015—Seth Bordenstein, associate professor of biological sciences and pathology, microbiology and immunology, has been awarded a $950,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for research into the regulation of bacterial infections that are passed from mother to offspring.

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Life’s extremists may be an untapped source of antibacterial drugs

Nov. 21, 2014—A family of single-celled organisms that thrive in environments too extreme for most other species to survive may be an untapped source of new antibacterial drugs.

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Landers, Fuchs win awards at Fall Faculty Assembly

Aug. 22, 2014—An international expert on slavery and emancipation during the 18th and 19th centuries was awarded the prestigious Earl Sutherland Prize for Achievement in Research during Vanderbilt University’s Fall Faculty Assembly.

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Quanta Magazine: Evolving with a little help from our friends

Jun. 5, 2014—Seth Bordenstein, associate professor of biological sciences, and graduate student Robert Brucker, discovered that the survival of a new hybrid of wasp depended not on their genes but on the microbes that naturally lived on and inside the insects.

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Vanderbilt research featured in Science News’ top science story of 2013

Jan. 17, 2014—The popular science magazine Science News has chosen a story featuring research by Vanderbilt's Seth Bordenstein and Robert Brucker as its top science story for the year.

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Microbes can influence evolution of their hosts

Jul. 18, 2013—A new study provides the first direct evidence that microbes can contribute to the origin of new species by reducing the viability of hybrids produced between males and females of different species.

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LiveScience: ‘Mind-blowing’ bacteria reveal inner workings of some infectious diseases

Mar. 29, 2013—According to Seth Bordenstein, assistant professor of biological sciences, studying Wolbachia has yielded some surprising new insights on microbial evolution that could help us understand, treat and prevent certain infectious diseases. "It's what gets me up every day and keeps me excited about doing this work."

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June grants announced by Division of Sponsored Research

Jul. 28, 2011—The Division of Sponsored Research received notification in June that the following grants in excess of $25,000 had been awarded.

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Could bacterial hitchhikers influence formation of new host species?

May. 5, 2011—Vanderbilt researchers are exploring what role, if any, bacteria play in environmental diversity, with the aim of answering one of biology's most fundamental questions.

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