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Doing maize genetics, according to one geneticist, is “really cool.” It is exactly this kind of enthusiasm that fuels Karen Cone, Professor of Biological Sciences at MU, who specializes in plant genetics. Asked to summarize what researchers in her field actually do, Cone laughs and responds, “Geneticists make mutants…a geneticist learns about the way something works in real life by screwing it up, trying to figure out what’s wrong with the mutant, and then inferring what is normal when the mutant isn’t there.” The mutants that Cone makes involve corn and purple pigmentation.

Published September 24, 2008

Satellite Cell Exploration

Satellite Cell Exploration

Dawn Cornelison

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

Published September 14, 2010

Soul and Body in the Quest for Human Flourishing

Soul and Body in the Quest for Human Flourishing

Brick Johnstone

Professor, Health Psychology

Published November 11, 2014

Watching Wildlife with an Eye toward Conservation

Watching Wildlife with an Eye toward Conservation

Matt Gompper

Associate Professor, Fisheries and Wildlife

Published July 26, 2006

Zealous Mercenaries

Zealous Mercenaries

Habib Zaghouani

Professor, Department of Immunology and Microbiology

Published March 02, 2009

Out of the Freezer

Out of the Freezer

Gavin King

Assistant Professor of Physics, Joint Assistant Professor of Biochemistry

Published March 25, 2013