Basic science


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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?






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Perhaps you’ve noticed: It’s spring and the Plants Are Blooming. Maybe it’s the smell of the lilacs, or the buzzing of bees. Or perhaps it’s the lush greens and bursts of color blurring your field of vision. But have you ever wondered how the landscape transitions from the brown drab of […]

Why flowers need winter





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UW Oncology professor Caroline Alexander had a good problem to tackle: She was studying a strain of mice that are resistant to up to 80 percent of tumors. Naturally, she wanted to learn why. “But none of the resistance mechanisms we were proposing were panning out,” Alexander, a researcher with […]

A big, fat picture of body fats


Fragile X gene
Waisman Center researchers Anita Bhattacharyya and Xinyu Zhao are looking to make stem cells glow. That glow will tell them whether they have successfully turned on a gene that is usually turned off in individuals with fragile X syndrome. Turning on this gene, FMR1, could be an important way to treat this syndrome. Fragile […]

Making stem cells glow for fragile X