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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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    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 […]

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    A Synchrony of Investments

    Last spring, I happily announced that our faculty ranks welcomed a tremendous influx of new talent, with 19 new hires in 2019. Now I’m pleased […]

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    Seven Things Everyone Should Know about . . . Tardigrades

      1. Tardigrades are tiny, water-loving animals. They prefer wet environments, and as long as the conditions are right, they can be found all over […]

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    How a Renaissance Molecule Is Made

      Fatty acids, the compounds that provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits through diets rich in leafy greens and fish, are now also heralded for their […]

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    ‘Meat’ Our New Building

      On Nov. 6, CALS celebrated the opening of the new Meat Science and Animal Biologics Discovery (MSABD) building. Part of the Department of Animal […]

  • Posted on October 1, 2020
    Toward a Truly Anti-Racist Place

    This spring and summer delivered difficulties unlike any we have ever seen. But take a moment. Take a breath. And take solace in the fact […]

  • 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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    When Challenging Things Happen, Look for the Innovators

    I have no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has drastically altered your lives, just as it has transformed the way CALS operates (at least for […]

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    Eight Things Everyone Should Know about . . . Coronaviruses

      Coronaviruses come from a large family. It includes four genera and many species that infect a variety of mammals and birds — and sometimes […]

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    A Missing Piece in the Genetic Puzzle of High Cholesterol Risk

      Precision medicine has the potential to tailor treatments to a patient’s unique genetic sequence. But achieving this precision — or developing new drugs — […]