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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.

New veterinary medicine program supports Wisconsin aquaculture

March 1, 2006

Friday night fish fries are just one clue that the fish industry, including fish farming, is big business in Wisconsin. UW–Madison's School of Veterinary Medicine is helping launch a new fish health program to protect Wisconsin's growing aquaculture industry.

Wisconsin scientists find a way to make human collagen in the lab

February 13, 2006

A team of scientists at UW–Madison reports the discovery of a method for making human collagen in the lab, opening the door to broader medical applications.

From 2D blueprint, material assembles into novel 3D nanostructures

January 27, 2006

An international team of scientists affiliated with the UW–Madison Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center has coaxed a self-assembling material into forming never-before-seen, three-dimensional nanoscale structures, with potential applications ranging from catalysis and chemical separation to semiconductor manufacturing.

Mining for gems in the fungal genome

January 23, 2006

Ever since penicillin, a byproduct of a fungal mold, was discovered in 1929, scientists have scrutinized fungi for other breakthrough drugs. As reported Jan. 20 in the Journal of Chemistry and Biology, a team led by a UW–Madison researcher has developed a new method that may speed the ongoing quest for medically useful compounds in fungi.

Study reveals classic symbiotic relationship between ants, bacteria

January 5, 2006

Ants that tend and harvest gardens of fungus have a secret weapon against the parasites that invade their crops: antibiotic-producing bacteria that the insects harbor on their bodies,UW-Madison researchers report in today's issue of Science.

Advance points way to noninvasive brain cancer treatment

January 1, 2006

With an equal rate of incidence and mortality-the number of those who get the disease and those who die from it-Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) is a brain cancer death sentence. Scientists at UW–Madison are working on a new radiotherapy technique for fighting GBM with the element gadolinium — an approach that might lead to less invasive treatments that offer greater quality of life for patients.

Illuminating Alzheimer’s: Research sheds light on creatine’s presence in brain

December 21, 2005

A team of Canadian and American scientists working at the UW–Madison Synchrotron Radiation Center reports the first-ever finding of elevated levels of creatine — the newly discovered agent of Alzheimer's disease - in brain tissue.