Denise Dearing

Two African crested rats stand face to face, nuzzling each other. The rodents are rabbit-sized and resembles a gray puffball crossed with a skunk. Their fur is various shades or brown and gray, with dark stripts that line its flanks from leg to its face.

The secret social lives of giant poisonous rats

The African crested rat’s fur is packed with a poison so lethal just a few miligrams can kill a human. Biologists confirmed where it gets its poison, and uncovered an unexpected social life.


Honoring Karl Gordon Lark

Renowned geneticist and father of molecular biology at the U passes away.


Rodent gut bacteria

Researchers in the U’s School of Biological Sciences report that the native gut microbiome can be preserved in captivity by continuing to feed the animals their native foods instead of an artificial diet.


Announcements

‘BEACONS OF EXCELLENCE’ AWARDS: CALL FOR NOMINATIONS Each year, the University of Utah’s Office of Undergraduate Studies and the Office of Student Affairs recognizes people, programs and projects committed to creating a transformative, undergraduate educational experience. The six Transforming U: Beacons of Excellence awards celebrate “best practices” found across campus, including labs, student clubs, individuals, centers […]