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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?



Children and instructors interact in the School of Human Ecology Preschool Lab, which is housed in the newly renovated Nancy Nicholas Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Today, here in Wisconsin, Wisconsin Public Television aired the first episode of the 47th season of Sesame Street (other affiliates across the world are also airing the season). And it drew inspiration from a UW–Madison connection: Researchers at the Center For Healthy Minds (CHM) consulted with Sesame Street to produce episodes this season focused […]

Sesame Street and Wisconsin Public Television help share the Kindness


A tree shines yellow near the UW–Madison Arboretum
Each year, as August fades into September here in southern Wisconsin, it always seems to take me by surprise to see the bright greens of spring and summer subtly transition to the goldens and burgundys of autumn. The trees and prairies slowly changing their attire. “But isn’t it too soon?” […]

Why do leaves change color in the fall?


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The following is from Kaine Korzekwa, science writer and marketing specialist in the Department of Biochemistry: Think of the cellular machine known as the spliceosome as being like a car. For a car to function properly, its parts have to be assembled in a particular order. Additionally, many of the car’s […]

Cellular machine assembly process yields new insight into disease, evolution