Sitting Down With a Life Scientist

Riley Smith


Recently, I sat down with a local molecular life scientist at Oklahoma State University to ask her about a recent scientific achievement she considers to be radically exciting for her field. Dr. Erika Lutter, a native of Canada and now microbiologist in Stillwater, Oklahoma, told me she recently discovered a phenomenon in the bacteria responsible for the nation’s most common Sexually Transmitted Infection, Chlamydia trachomatis, which revered a decade old dogma about the way this microbe leaves host cells to infect others.

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