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  • Posted on October 1, 2020
    The Genetic Leanings of Autism

      When Donna Werling was growing up, she often babysat her younger cousin. He was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder when Werling was in […]

  • Posted on June 11, 2020
    ‘There Is No Reason to Fear Bats’

      It would be hard to find someone more enthusiastic about bats than Amy Wray. She’s so fascinated by these winged mammals that she’s devoted […]

  • Posted on February 25, 2020
    The Soil Doctor Is In

    For Jingyi Huang, it all started with a pair of orange hula hoops. At least, that’s what they looked like to him when he was […]

  • Posted on October 11, 2019
    The Tuber Protector

    In the Dairy State, it’s easy for a humble vegetable like the potato to get lost amid all the talk of milk and cheese. Consequently, […]

  • Posted on June 19, 2019
    The Inner Workings of Microbial Metabolism

    Daniel Amador-Noguez is learning how living organisms transform nutrients into energy and other useful chemicals. Among a cadre of scientists looking at the biological underpinnings […]

  • Posted on February 25, 2019
    What Would a Cow Prefer?

    As a psychology student at Harvard University, Jennifer Van Os studied people with Alzheimer’s disease. Animals and agriculture were far from her mind. But she […]

  • Posted on October 17, 2018
    The Muscle Demystifier

    As a wrestler at the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse, Adam Kuchnia lost a lot of pounds so he could compete in a particular weight class. […]

  • Posted on May 14, 2018
    Living Science | Private Lands, Public Good

    With the warmer months upon us, the outdoor season is in full swing. There are hikes to take and birds to watch, fish to catch […]

  • Posted on March 1, 2018
    Winter Awakens Spring Flowering

    To avoid the dangers of frost, many plants have evolved a knack for waiting for winter to pass before flowering. But the season’s cold weather is key to making it happen. Rick Amasino investigates this process — and the genes behind it — to reveal invaluable insights for farmers and plant breeders.
    Interview by Kaine Korzekwa MS’16

  • Posted on October 16, 2017
    Kernza: Perennial Crop with Perks

    Agricultural systems have a major role to play in feeding the world while protecting the planet, and Valentin Picasso looks to new crops and new techniques that can further this monumental task.

  • Posted on June 20, 2017
    The “Icing” on the DNA

    Xuehua Zhong uses plants to study epigenetics, an exciting new field that is broadening our understanding of how some traits might be passed down from one generation to the next.

  • Posted on February 20, 2017
    Gut Reactions

    Garret Suen’s study of microorganisms involved in herbivore digestion holds promise
    for human health and our environment