Basic science




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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





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From research to diagnosis to treatment, the ability to visualize cancer has played a big role in understanding and fighting the disease. To highlight this importance, and to show how advanced imaging has become, the National Cancer Institute recently held its “Cancer Close Up” contest. Two UW Carbone Cancer Center […]

Cancer gets a close-up


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In any research field, shifting a paradigm is never easy. If you’re going to try, it never hurts to continuously improve your techniques and evolve your models. And, use lasers. Rich Halberg, associate professor of medicine at the UW Carbone Cancer Center, has spent over a decade challenging the tenet […]

Shining a (laser) light on the ancestry of cancers


closeup of human papilloma virus
There may not yet be a cure for cancer, but for some human cancers, one thing comes pretty close: the HPV vaccine. That’s why, last week, the 69 National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers, including UW-Madison’s Carbone Cancer Center (UWCCC), issued a statement urging increased uptake of the three-dose vaccination. This […]

Preventing cancer in just three shots