Welcome to HBRNews

What is HBR News?

The Health and Biological Research News group.

HBR News is designed for members to advance their understanding of contemporary scientific research and develop their commucation skills. In doing this, the group promotes scientific communication on the University of Minnesota campus and beyond.

The HBR process is as follows: members explore recent scientific literature, choose an article, give a talk about the research to the group, summarize it in more accessible terms as a news article, and then publish their article here. Most importantly, the group consults with the author(s) of the original research before the final draft is published online.

New Species of Treg Cells Offers Promising Target for Autoimmune Treatments

Immune Cells

Written by: Alex Sarkis

Edited by: Katie Kelly, Claudia Althoen, Madeline Nicol

October 23, 2016

Monday, November 21, 2016 - 8:45pm

brain cross section, Marc JeanGenetic Reprogramming of Skin Cells into Cancer-Inhibiting Neuronal Stem Cells

Written by: Alex Sarkis

Edited by: Ben Eide, Nathan Klein




Monday, August 22, 2016 - 4:00pm

pic_for_iron.pngProbiotic E. coli Nissle impedes Salmonella intestinal colonization by competing for iron

Written by: Katie Kelly

Edited by: Jayanth Jawahar, Jonathan Keller

Monday, July 18, 2016 - 10:30pm

Sidekicks are the news heroesFungal product disables enzymes responsible for antibiotic resistance

Written by: Katie Kelly

Edited by: Jayanth Jawahar

Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 12:45am

pic_for_pathogen_v_pathogen.pngBacterium deters growth and virulence of fungus

Written by: Katie Kelly

Edited by: Maddy Jackson, Abdul Gamam

Monday, July 11, 2016 - 7:00pm

BacteriaCommensal bacteria can help boost out immune responses


Written by: Nhat Vo

Edited by: Jonathan Keller, Benjamin Eide

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 12:00pm

BarnaclesHow do these sedentary organisms reproduce?

Written by: Nhat Vo

Edited by: Benjamin Eide, Jonathan Keller & Spencer Oughton

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 11:45am


How the circadian clock can affect important cellular processes such as ribosome biogenesis and protein synthesis


Written by:  Rachit Gupta

Edited by: Nathan Klein, Jonathan Keller, and Spencer Oughton

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 11:15am

Sea Star

After nearly two centuries of mystery, scientists may have finally unraveled the function of sea star eyes—finding the way home.

Written By: Thomas Crutcher

Reviewed By: Jonathan Keller

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 10:45am


How brain researchers mapped the elusive border dividing our memory & emotion centers.

Written by: Margaux Phares
Edited by: Jayanth Jawahar, Tonio Ball, Johanna Derix

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 11:00pm


HBR: training the next generation of biologists and physicians through primary literature 
immersion, peer discussion, networking, and fun biology activities.  We make science 
accessible by summarizing recent primary research in lay language as news articles, attaining original author approval, and posting our articles online for the world to see.