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Seed strategy can help restore a biodiversity hotspot

February 6, 2023

Seeding longleaf pine understories with a mix of native savanna species could help restore one of North America's most biodiverse ecosystems.

Weight loss may be early predictor of Alzheimer’s disease in Down syndrome

January 31, 2023

The findings indicate weight loss may be a useful predictor of the disease prior to the onset of the cognitive problems that often trigger diagnosis.

Teaching Indigenous land dispossession in Wisconsin and beyond

January 18, 2023

Thanks to new funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, an interdisciplinary group of UW–Madison faculty, staff and graduate students will be able to help teach the history of land taken from tribal nations to benefit land-grant universities.

A blood test for cancer shows promise thanks to machine learning

January 13, 2023

UW–Madison researchers have developed a method for early cancer detection using blood plasma, machine learning and equipment commonly found in medical labs.

First-in-kind psychedelic trials treat opioid and methamphetamine use disorders

January 6, 2023

School of Pharmacy and School of Medicine and Public Health collaborators are leading two first-in-kind clinical psilocybin trials for treating opioid and methamphetamine use disorders.

Lab-grown retinal eye cells make successful connections, open door for clinical trials to treat blindness

January 4, 2023

The most common retinal cell types forming synapses were photoreceptors – rods and cones – which are lost in diseases like retinitis pigmentosa and age-related macular degeneration, as well as in certain eye injuries.

Northeastern Wisconsin PFAS plume moves into Green Bay via groundwater

January 3, 2023

Researchers have "fingerprinted" PFAS chemicals in the waters of Green Bay, linking them to upstream to their likely source and downstream to farm fields.

Drying process could be key step in the development of life

December 21, 2022

New research could help explain crucial early steps on the path of life that led from a pool filled with simple amino acids to bacteria, redwood trees and people.

UW research in 2022: From restored prairie to scorpion venom to the sewer

December 15, 2022

Here are the science stories on campus during 2022 that wowed and inspired us.

UW–Madison increases research expenditures by $16 million, retains top 10 research institution ranking

December 15, 2022

UW–Madison remains the eighth-ranked research institution in the nation among public and private universities and saw an increase in research spending from 2020 to 2021.

Folds in pUG molecules turn off genes and could provide clues about human disease

December 12, 2022

A curlicue RNA molecule dubbed a pUG can silence gene expression in roundworms, according to new findings. Researchers are using what they've learned to study human pUGs and their role in our own gene expression.

Study finds that big rains bring big algae blooms… eventually

November 28, 2022

Phosphorus is only one part of the algae bloom recipe, research shows. Other key factors at play are calm winds, warm surface waters and a low abundance of tiny crustaceans called zooplankton.

UW researchers working to improve and simplify models for how PFAS flows through the ground

November 22, 2022

Researchers found that several factors have a major influence on where and how long harmful PFAS chemicals stay locked in the ground before flowing below the water table.

Probiotic ‘backpacks’ show promise for treating inflammatory bowel diseases

November 11, 2022

UW researchers demonstrate just how much promise some well-equipped bacteria hold for improved inflammatory bowel disease treatments.

Study shows differences between brains of primates — humans, other apes and monkeys — are small but significant

November 8, 2022

The cellular differences between these species may illuminate steps in their evolution and how those differences can be implicated in disorders, such as autism and intellectual disabilities, seen in humans.

Sewer sleuthing, air vacuuming scientists keep tabs on COVID-19

November 4, 2022

Neighboring pathology labs at UW Madison team up to trace viruses in the air and in the sewers.

Marine Protected Area creates spillover benefits for tuna fishing in Hawaii

November 1, 2022

The study showed that catch rates in waters close to the protected area increased by about 54% for yellowfin tuna, about 12% for bigeye tuna and about 8% across all fish species.

Understanding freshwater foam may help in fight against PFAS “forever chemicals”

October 18, 2022

Research in the School of Engineering will advance our understanding of how PFAS chemicals behave in diverse aquatic conditions.

Despite commitments, Brazil’s beef sector tainted by purchases from protected lands in Amazon basin

October 17, 2022

Despite improvements by meatpackers to keep their supply chains free of cattle grazed on protected or illegally deforested lands, many slaughterhouses in Brazil — the world's top beef exporter — continue to purchase illegally pastured animals on a large scale, a new study shows.

Improved understanding of early spinal cord development paves the way for new treatments

October 17, 2022

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison are developing the means to turn stem cells into a wide range of specific types of spinal cord neurons and cells in the hindbrain — the critical nexus between the spinal cord and the brain — paving the way for improved prevention and treatment of spinal cord disease.