Assistant Professor Hiroshi Matsuo (Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics) has published the structure of the deaminase domain of the APOBECC3G protein in the March 6, 2008 issue of Nature (see K.-M. Chen et al.). The protein is capable of altering the HIV genome by deaminating cNDA cytosines to uracils. This activity can genetically inactive the virus.
The research of Professor Cynthia A. Cattell (Department of Physics) and her collaborators was recently published in Geophysical Research Letters (see C. Cattell et al.). The article discusses the researchers' discovery of "celestial tsunamis," highly destructive radio waves in the Van Allen radiation belts.
Graphics developed by the research group of Professor J. Ilja Siepmann (Department of Chemistry and MSI Fellow) have been featured on the covers of two professional journals: