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  • Posted on February 25, 2021
    A Cold, Hard Look at Macromolecules

      At its most basic level, it takes pictures. For biochemistry professor Elizabeth Wright, that’s the scaled-down explanation of cryogenic electron microscopy, or cryo-EM. But […]

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    Cryo-EM: A Whetstone for UW’s Competitive Edge

      UW–Madison has a strong record of contributions to structural biology, cell biology, virology, and medicine, and it hosts a vibrant community of structural biologists. […]

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    The New Frontiers of Potato Tech

      It’s the number one vegetable crop in the United States. Wisconsin happens to be its third largest producer (after Idaho and Washington), with 3.1 […]

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    Answers Await on the Ocean Floor

      It’s December 2018. Karthik Anantharaman awakens at 6 a.m., afloat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. He’s barely slept, adrenaline is flowing. There’s […]

  • Posted on October 1, 2020
    Of Mutant Wranglers and Slime Whisperers

      In 1909, the German chemist Fritz Haber sparked an agricultural revolution. Using enormous pressures and high temperatures, he had learned how to efficiently transform […]

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    Let Food Be Your Medicine

      Medical student Alice Huang was dutifully taking notes during a lecture at the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine when she snapped to attention. […]

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    The Hype, the Hope, and the Reality of Hemp

      In late 2018, Ralph and Beth Aschenbrenner started hearing a lot of good things about growing industrial hemp. Hemp is an incredibly versatile plant, […]

  • Posted on June 11, 2020
    A Coalition of Scientists Takes on COVID-19 — with Data

      It began with a question from a yoga instructor, sent to the inbox of horticulture professor Brian Yandell. Now it’s a major collaborative effort, […]

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    There’s No Use in Wasting Spilt Milk

      Imagine the hard work of running a dairy farm — the relentless hours, the uncertainty over everything from the weather to prices, the worries […]

  • Posted on February 25, 2020
    ‘The Sweeping Landscape of Her Work’

    It took a hard-fought battle, but in 1919, after decades of petitions, demonstrations, and arrests, women finally won the right to vote. The passage and […]

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    Groundbreaking Women Scholars of CALS

    Marguerite Davis, Elizabeth McCoy, and Esther Lederberg were all remarkable researchers and women in their own right, but CALS has seen the likes of many […]

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    These Insects Help Us. How Can We Help Them?

    It’s a common late summer sight in south-central Wisconsin: a prairie in bloom, with tall, waving grasses peppered with bursts of yellow, purple, and white. […]