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The documents of antiquity, ancient scrolls, pose all sorts of challenges for scholars trying to read them. This is especially true for the most fragile documents, those seared but not completely destroyed by fire, sometimes thousands of years ago. But now scholars have a new resource to non-invasively read ancient […]

Burned and crumbling scrolls read with help of UW alum


Researchers in Dr. Amgad Hanna’s Lab at UW–Madison are experimenting with new treatment options to help restore function after spinal cord injuries. The treatment involves an injection of Interleukin-10, an anti-inflammatory protein, to a damaged nerve tissue site. In the standard method of application, the protein is injected and disperses […]

Testing new treatment methods for spinal cord injuries




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In the hit HBO television series “Game of Thrones,” the show’s heroes are constantly struggling against a persistent enemy to the north of The Wall, a massive wall of ice that separates the wild northern lands from the southern kingdoms and their inhabitants. Their foes, called white walkers, are zombie-inspired snow creatures […]

Communicating immune health through pop-culture


A glade with the regional endemic wildflower Ozark coneflower (Echinacea paradoxa) in bloom, with a gum Bumelia tree in the background. Native wildflowers such as this coneflower are threatened by woody encroachment of glades.
The following is a guest post from Jesse Miller, a former graduate student at UW–Madison in the lab of Ellen Damschen and a current postdoctoral researcher at the University of California-Davis. He summarizes a paper he and his research team recently co-authored in the journal Landscape Ecology: Grasslands are home to […]

Fire may help Ozarks grasslands


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Open up any social media app today and you will be bombarded with hashtags and Snapchat filters reminding you that today, September 29th, is National Coffee Day. And such an occasion would not be complete without a thorough investigation of the namesake’s key ingredient: caffeine. So, grab your favorite cold […]

So what is caffeine, anyway?



Three T cells are shown surrounding and binding a cancer cell, which will activate the T cells and lead to cancer cell death.
Leukemia is one of the most common cancers of childhood. So, as childhood cancer awareness month comes to a close on this almost final day of September, we wanted to take a moment to help explain a groundbreaking new FDA treatment – CAR-T cells – that offers hope to children with a […]

Driving the CAR-T toward better cancer treatments


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Atop Sterling Hall, mounted inside a metal-domed observatory, sits the telescope of Sherburne Burnham, a Chicago man who in the late 19th century developed a passion for peering through the lens of the nearly 8-foot-long telescope. In its day, the 6-inch-lensed Clark Refractor telescope traveled far and wide and was […]

The lens behind the man: UW–Madison professor details travels of ...


An abstract image shows a DNA double helix overlaying a human outline, with cartoon molecules depicting the different genetic and protein changes that may be causing disease
Precision medicine has become a fairly big buzzword in cancer treatment lately. The University of Wisconsin is planning the UW Center for Human Genomics and Precision Medicine, and the Wisconsin state government’s recently-passed budget includes funding for the UW Carbone Cancer Center’s statewide Precision Medicine Molecular Tumor Board. What is […]

What is precision medicine in cancer treatment?