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Models show gene flow from crops threatens wild plants

July 23, 2003

Models show that genes from crops rapidly can take over those in related wild plants.

Doyle commits to biotech, stem cell science

March 11, 2003

Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle pledged his support March 5 to helping Wisconsin's biotechnology industry and to blunting legislative attacks on stem cell science.

Interdisciplinary dimension new to UW transportation program

February 26, 2003

Relieving the growing congestion on interstate highways and city streets will require more than simply building additional roads. Engineering is part of the solution, but economic, political, social and environmental considerations also determine what can and should be done. That's the concept behind a new interdisciplinary graduate-level certificate program offered by the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at UW–Madison.

Governor signs budget

July 26, 2002

The governor has signed a budget repair bill addressing Wisconsin's $1 billion budget deficit with measures including some cuts to UW System funding.

New program offered in biotechnology

February 7, 2002

To prepare professionals for the burgeoning field of biotechnology, the university will offer a new part-time graduate degree program beginning fall 2002.

Genomics portends next revolution in agriculture

February 19, 2001

As science begins to accumulate and explore plant and animal genomes - the entire set of genetic instructions for a particular organism - a new revolution in agriculture is in the offing and, according to university biologist Robert Goodman, promises a long-lasting and favorable impact on agriculture worldwide.

Program lends new precision to ‘gamma knife’

February 19, 2001

In a promising new research effort, a mathematical program is helping automate and fine-tune the arduous process of radiation surgery.

Genome project finds ‘triggers’ for E. coli illness

January 24, 2001

The newly completed genomic sequence of E. coli O157:H7 reveals how these potentially deadly bacteria are armed with a surprisingly wide range of genes that may trigger illness.

UW researchers focus on food-borne illnesses

December 5, 2000

The battle over bad bugs in the food supply is intensifying at UW–Madison, with a new faculty hiring effort focused on the growing worldwide concern about food-borne pathogens.

Discovery may jump-start mine remediation efforts

November 30, 2000

Probing the microscopic life found in the submerged recesses of an abandoned Wisconsin lead and zinc mine, scientists have found compelling evidence that microorganisms play a key role in the formation of mineral deposits. The finding could help jump-start new remediation efforts for contaminated mining sites.

Discovery of ‘immortal skin’ holds medical promise

November 14, 2000

From a routine study of the life span of human skin cells, a university research project gave rise to an astonishing accident: A line of skin cells that simply wouldn't die.

Work transforms rodent virus into vaccines

November 6, 2000

A new process transforms the lowly cardiovirus into a potential multipurpose vaccine that eventually may be used trigger an immune response to a host of human and animal afflictions from malaria to HIV.

Gene barrier could boost farming, environment

October 12, 2000

Working with teosinte, a wild cousin of maize, a university scientist has found a molecular barrier that, bred into modern hybrid corn, is capable of completely locking out foreign genes, including those from genetically modified corn.

Sans organism, scientists harvest a trove of DNA

August 15, 2000

Plant pathologists at UW–Madison are harvesting many new and useful chemicals from, literally, beneath our feet. The DNA of microorganisms extracted from soil samples may yield new antibiotics, insecticides, anticancer drugs or antiparasitic agents.

WARF commits $80 million to BioStar

June 1, 2000

The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation has pledged $80 million to the university's BioStar Initiative over the life of the 10-year bioscience building project.