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See-through zebrafish, new imaging method put blood stem cells in high-resolution spotlight

August 9, 2022

This new technique will aid researchers as they develop therapies for blood diseases and cancers.

Enzyme, proteins work together to tidy up tail ends of DNA in dividing cells

August 1, 2022

The research provides insight into how a human cell preserves the integrity of its DNA through repeated cell division.

‘Were U Wondering’ … how math can tame traffic?

July 19, 2022

Laura Albert, professor of industrial and systems engineering, uses math and science to explain traffic congestion — and what can be done to alleviate it.

Evolving to outpace climate change, tiny marine animal provides new evidence of long-theorized genetic mechanism

July 14, 2022

The evolution experiment is new evidence of a genetic mechanism called positive epistasis, in which the positive effect of a variant of a gene is amplified when working in combination with other key genes.

Research Cores Initiative helps replace equipment and enhance services

July 12, 2022

Cores are unique spaces where researchers can consult with technical experts. But the shared instruments, equipment and other resources they depend on have a limited lifespan.

Were U Wondering … how vaccines work?

July 12, 2022

Ann Palmenberg, professor of virology and biochemistry, explains how vaccines trick your immune system into thinking you've had an infection so you'll be protected when a real virus comes along.

Nuclear war would turn oceans upside down, crash food web

July 8, 2022

It would result in cooling so strong it would extend sea ice and render impassable major seaports that are now open year-round, and would likely cause significant damage to much of the ocean food web.

Unexpected link between most common cancer drivers may yield more effective drugs

July 7, 2022

A UW–Madison research team has discovered a direct link between cellular pathways that make promising targets for new cancer treatments.

Chemist Randall Goldsmith named a Schmidt Science Polymath

July 5, 2022

The UW–Madison professor's multidisciplinary approach to studying chemical and biophysical systems earned a $2.5 million award from the philanthropic organization founded by the former CEO of Google.

New study allows researchers to more efficiently form human heart cells from stem cells

July 1, 2022

The heart muscle cells, according to the UW–Madison Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Center, could be useful for cardiac repair, regeneration and cell therapy.

Erin Silva named endowed chair in organic agriculture and outreach

June 21, 2022

The new chair, established through a $1 million endowment from Clif Bar & Company, was created to support the advancement of organic agriculture through dedicated research and outreach programs.

UW scientist wins Blue Planet Prize

June 21, 2022

Steve Carpenter, one of the world’s foremost lake ecologists, has been awarded an international prize for scientific research that has helped provide solutions to global environmental problems.

A Juneteenth celebration of science

June 20, 2022

Outreach teams from UW–Madison brought the "Kitchen Chemist," hands-on exploration stations, and a chance to chat with scientists to the Kujichagulia Center for Self-Determination Juneteenth celebration at Penn Park Saturday.

New cryo-electron microscopy centers help UW researchers uncover mysteries of life

June 14, 2022

The technology allows scientists to capture detailed information about the smallest components of living cells to understand everything from more effective drug development to how viruses infect cells.

PhD student researches the chemical origins of life

June 10, 2022

In 2019, Lena Vincent led a study that has become an essential guide for other astrobiology researchers trying to understand how, from a complex mix of chemicals, life could emerge anywhere that basic building blocks exist.

Altered gene helps plants absorb more carbon dioxide, produce more useful compounds

June 8, 2022

If scientists could add a trait like this to crops or drug-producing plants, it could help them produce more chemicals naturally while reducing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

Latest round of Research Forward supports cross-campus collaborations and diversity

June 7, 2022

The projects range from probing the origins of the universe, to examining the negative effects of poverty on adolescent academic success, to developing a new type of anti-tumor vaccine that can be used to treat cancer.