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Metal-embedding method helps tiny sensors function in extreme environments

May 4, 2006

University of Wisconsin–Madison mechanical engineers have developed a method for fabricating "packages" of tiny sensors that measure temperature more accurately than bulk thermocouples.

Scientists share common interests at human biology symposium

May 4, 2006

More than 600 registrants are expected to attend the fourth Wisconsin Symposium on Human Biology Monday-Thursday, May 22-25, at UW–Madison.

Scaled-down genome may power up E. coli’s ability in lab, industry

April 27, 2006

By stripping the E. coli genome of vast tracts of its genetic material — hundreds of apparently inconsequential genes — a team of Wisconsin researchers has created a leaner and meaner version of the bacterium that is a workhorse of modern biology and industry.

Scientists discover a master key to microbes’ pathogenic lifestyles

April 27, 2006

A team of scientists from the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Medicine and Public Health reports the discovery of a master molecular sensor embedded in the spores of the fungi that triggers a transformation from that of a benign lifestyle in the soil to a deadly pathogen.

Three faculty elected to National Academy of Sciences

April 26, 2006

Three members of the UW–Madison faculty were among 72 individuals elected this week to the National Academies of Science.

‘Virtual’ symposium brings nanotech, biotech topics to K-12 science teachers

March 28, 2006

On Monday, May 1, educators from around Wisconsin will join with educators in Indiana and Minnesota to explore the convergence of nanotechnology and biotechnology with a panel of experts drawn from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, the National Science Foundation and Wisconsin's biotechnology community. The New Technologies symposium will originate from the Pyle Center at UW–Madison and will be broadcast live via Internet2 beginning at 8 a.m.

Engineers squeeze secrets from proteins

March 21, 2006

Proteins, one of the basic components of living things, are among the most studied molecules in biochemistry. Understanding how proteins form or "fold" from sequenced strings of amino acids has long been one of the grand challenges of biology.

Conference to explore global biological threats

March 14, 2006

Leading government and academic experts from Washington, D.C. and Madison will address key issues surrounding global biological threats in an all-day symposium April 7 at UW–Madison.

Mispairs in genetic material make protein synthesis more efficient

March 6, 2006

A UW–Madison bacteriologist reveals that mispaired nucleotides in transfer RNA actually make the molecule more adroit, enhancing its ability to build proteins. The paper also illustrates the dynamic nature of genetic material, which is not flat, like an illustration in a textbook, but twists and bends as it interacts with cellular machinery.