Biology


A female Norwegian Atlantic salmon swims in a fish tank as part of a research study at the Water Science and Engineering Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on June 7, 2017.  (Photo by Jeff Miller / UW-Madison)
According to a recently published study, invasive quagga mussels in Lake Michigan, paired with decreasing nutrient availability, could explain an observed decline in food chain productivity in Lake Michigan. Currently, Lake Michigan is in the midst of a decade-long decline in food chain productivity, or the lake’s ability to produce […]

Going hungry in Lake Michigan



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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



Dressed in personal protective equipment (PPE) with an integrated breathing system, a researcher demonstrates proper biosafety practices in the lab for a group of media representatives touring the Influenza Research Institute (IRI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Feb. 28, 2017. The high-security research facility was closed down for annual decontamination, cleaning and maintenance. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)
You never quite stop flinching when you’re inside the airlock and the scientist cuts off your protective equipment. But by the third time, you get pretty good at being an unconscious medical victim in the high-containment suite of the influenza lab, figuring out the most comfortable pose to adopt and […]

Life as a professional medical victim


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At the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters’ James Watrous Gallery, local artist Leslie Iwai’s exhibit, Daughter Cells, is on display now through January 22. Iwai’s work was largely inspired through a collaboration with UW Carbone Cancer Center professor Mark Burkard and his research on cell division. I sat down with Iwai and Burkard recently to […]

When science becomes art




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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