Stories indexed under: Biosciences

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  • Janet Hyde First in the nation: UW-Madison establishes post-doc in feminist biology April 17, 2014 Feminist biology - which attempts to uncover and reverse gender bias in biology - will be the focus of a new, endowed fellowship in the Department of Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • TIP/White-nose Syndrome affecting bats in Wisconsin April 16, 2014 4/16/14
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  • Photo: Hong Chen Study helps unravel the tangled origin of ALS April 3, 2014 By studying nerve cells that originated in patients with a severe neurological disease, a University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher has pinpointed an error in protein formation that could be the root of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
  • Photo: David Beebe Small scale, large potential: An expert weighs in on the future of microfluidics March 13, 2014 More than a decade ago, David Beebe wrote that the field of microfluidics had the potential to significantly change modern biology. Now Beebe, an expert in the field, has written a high-level perspective on the state of microfluidics for the journal Nature.
  • Photo: lab team ‘Greener’ aerogel technology holds potential for oil and chemical clean-up Feb. 25, 2014 Cleaning up oil spills and metal contaminates in a low-impact, sustainable and inexpensive manner remains a challenge for companies and governments globally. But a group of researchers at UW–Madison is examining alternative materials that can be modified to absorb oil and chemicals.
  • Flu lab and Kawaoka UW-Madison flu expert recognized for research excellence Feb. 3, 2014 Yoshihiro Kawaoka, a professor of virology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine known for his groundbreaking work on influenza, has received the 2014 Excellence in Research Award from the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC).
  • Photo: dead trees Fish forced into the ‘foraging arena’ when lakes lose their trees Jan. 15, 2014 In attempts to predict what climate change will mean for life in lakes, scientists have mainly focused on two things: the temperature of the water and the amount of oxygen dissolved in it. But a new study from University of Wisconsin researchers is speaking for the trees - specifically, the dead ones that have toppled into a lake's near shore waters.
  • Sleep is the price the brain pays for learning Jan. 12, 2014 Two leading sleep scientists from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health say that their synaptic homeostasis hypothesis of sleep or “SHY” challenges the theory that sleep strengthens brain connections.
  • Microscopic image of myelinated axons Study identifies gene mutation as cause of canine tremor disorder Jan. 7, 2014 Weimaraners – sleek, athletic dogs originally bred for hunting - are known for their striking, silver-tinged coats. Unfortunately, they also are known for a rare tremor disorder reported widely throughout North America and Europe.
  • UW researchers link protein with breast cancer's spread to the brain Jan. 6, 2014 A cancer-research team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has identified a protein that may be a major culprit when breast cancer metastasizes to the brain.
  • CALS researchers developing novel treatment for septic shock Dec. 26, 2013 By the time doctors diagnose septic shock, patients often are on a knife’s edge. At that point, for every hour that treatment is delayed, a person’s risk of death rises an alarming six percent.
  • Ian Duncan Documentary connects multiple sclerosis, Vikings and Nordic skiing Dec. 12, 2013 Multiple sclerosis (MS), a neurological disease that affects more than 400,000 Americans, attacks the nervous system and causes many symptoms, including difficulty moving. But many who suffer from the disease defy its effects by maintaining an active lifestyle.
  • Intense human settlement and forest disruption linked to virus outbreak Dec. 9, 2013 A new study in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine shows that the deadly Nipah virus in Bangladesh is infecting people only in areas with significant deforestation and high population density. Although the virus is spread by a common fruit bat, villages with fairly intact forest did not get Nipah virus infections.
  • Agricultural buffer along Black Earth Creek Perennial energy crops could provide environmental benefits Nov. 26, 2013 Rows of corn and soybeans cover rolling hills, stitched together by creeks and woodlands that compose southwest Wisconsin's agricultural patchwork. These complex landscapes provide clean water, wildlife habitat and climate benefits, yet, historically their value has been measured in just one way: bushels per acre.
  • AAAS logo Four UW-Madison professors named AAAS fellows Nov. 25, 2013 Four members of the University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty are among 338 individuals elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), it was announced today (Monday, Nov. 25).
  • Photo: phytochrome molecule New technology could help food crops thrive in crowded fields Nov. 19, 2013 With the global population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, the world's farmers are going to need to produce a lot more food - but without using much more farmland, as the vast majority of the world's arable land is already being used for agriculture.
  • Photo: Zhijie Wang Discovery sheds light on how changes in lungs can hurt the heart Nov. 8, 2013 A team of University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers has discovered important biomechanical changes in human arteries that could increase understanding of how pulmonary hypertension leads to heart failure.
  • Photo: Aerial view of University Research Park buildings Hyer assumes leadership as University Research Park continues to grow Nov. 7, 2013 With last Friday's retirement of longtime University Research Park Director Mark Bugher, associate director Greg Hyer is assuming the role of interim director of the successful, 260-acre park on the West Side of Madison.
  • Photo: Ann Palmenberg Model virus structure shows why there’s no cure for common cold Oct. 28, 2013 In a pair of landmark studies that exploit the genetic sequencing of the “missing link” cold virus, rhinovirus C, scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have constructed a three-dimensional model of the pathogen that shows why there is no cure yet for the common cold.
  • Photo: Eurasian water milfoil Study challenges prevailing view of invasive species Oct. 24, 2013 Zebra mussels. Asian carp. Kudzu. Chances are you recognize these names as belonging to invasive species - plants or animals that are relocated from their native habitat to a foreign land, only to prove so prolific that they take over their new home. Except that's not how the story usually goes, according to a new study.