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Few 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.

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'Wisc-e-sota', the 1st Joint UMN-UW Virology Training Grant Symposium will be held on Friday, Sepbember 20th, 2013 at the Uniiversity of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Cartwright Center. This is the inaugural collaborative symposium of the NIH T32-supported virology training programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Talks and poster sessions will be presented by students, postdocs and faculty.

The 2013 IMV Symposium was held in May, 2013 and featured Vincent Racaniello as the Keynote Speaker as well as the recording of an episode of 'This Week in Virology'. Pictures from the IMV Symposium can be found on the IMV Facebook page and a videotape of the TWiV podcast can be viewed at

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Read about bacteriophage phi 29 and why it matters.

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Explore nearly a century's worth of discovery in the field of virology at the University of Minnesota.


"This Week in Virology" from professor Vincent Racaniello.