World-Changing Research

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Ranked 12th in the world for U.S. utility patents in 2016

Purdue research momentum surging

Purdue is following up three record-breaking years in startup creation with a No. 12 ranking worldwide for patent generation. 

And there’s much more to come.

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Non-toxic underwater adhesive could bring new surgical glue

Human antibody for Zika virus promising for treatment, prevention

First in the world to map the structure of the Zika virus - World Changing Research

Cracking Zika’s code at Purdue

Two of Purdue’s leading researchers are making headlines with high-impact work on the Zika virus. In 2016, they were the first in the world to map the structure of the virus, which is associated with birth defects in the babies of infected mothers. Since then, they also have concluded that the immature form of the virus may be infectious — a surprise that has significant implications for future work toward treatments and a vaccine.

Carried by mosquitoes, Zika has spread throughout the United States and South America. It can cause a variety of birth defects, including microcephaly, which leads to brain damage in babies.

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