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IMV iconFew virus researchers have isolated from nature or from a clinical sample the virus in which they study. University of Minnesota Professor Emeritus Dwight Anderson is an exception to this rule. In the mid-1960s, Professor Anderson and colleague Bernard Reilly isolated bacteriophage phi 29 from a soil sample obtained from the St. Paul campus. The characterization of this virus led to over 4 decades of continuously funded research on phi 29 at the University of Minnesota by Professor Anderson and today by IMV investigators Shelley Grimes and Paul Jardine. Today, phi 29 is the premier model system for the study of viral DNA packaging and for ring-ATPase molecular motors. Bacteriophage phi 29 is a Minnesota home-grown virus that represents a source of pride and scholastic achievement in the health sciences at the University of Minnesota.