Yearly Archives: 2017


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This year the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin–Madison is celebrating the centennial of two major achievements: the discoveries of vitamin B and the link between goiter and iodine. These two important scientific achievements, as well as the stories, personalities, and controversies that accompanied them changed the field of […]

Looking back 100 years at two major biochemistry discoveries


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The following comes from Adityarup Chakravorty, a science writer at the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin–Madison: Pick a word. Any word. To be able to speak aloud the word you picked needs exquisite coordination between several parts of the body. The brain, lungs, throat, voice box, tongue and […]

Mining the cerebellum for its role in speech





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


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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?