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Where has all the funding gone? Federal cuts threaten research at UW-Madison

University of Wisconsin researchers are laying the groundwork to make it possible to "print" new transplant-ready organs, grown from cells cultured from a patient's blood sample. This project, which merges research in biotechnology and nanotechnology, is under way today thanks to funding from the National Institutes of Health. >More
 New Madison Science Museum in works for downtown

"Madison has a tremendous venue for athletics, tremendous venues for the arts," says David Nelson, a UW professor emeritus of biology. But aside from a few small UW departmental museums, "There really isn't a place to go and hear and see about the history of science in Wisconsin." >More
 Monkey research protesters take message to UW Board of Regents

On a cold, windy, and wet Thursday morning, 20 animal activists stood on the corner of West Johnson and Lake streets as members of the UW System's main governing body, the Board of Regents, filed into Gordon Dining and Event Center for its all-day meeting. >More
 Leading bioethicist Jeffrey Kahn expresses skepticism over controversial UW-Madison primate experiment

Jeffrey Kahn has serious doubts about the ethics of the UW-Madison's research depriving newborn rhesus monkeys from their mothers. "I'm deeply skeptical about the necessity of this study," said Kahn, who recently chaired a National Institutes of Health committee on the use of chimpanzees in biomedical and behavioral research. >More
 Anthropology Prof. John Hawks and UW-Madison students dig up crucial remnants of early hominids

Despite being from Kansas, Dr. John Hawks had never seen storms like he experienced in South Africa. "They had lightning like I've never seen it," says the University of Wisconsin-Madison anthropology professor. >More
 Isthmus on WORT: Exploring the role of gender in scientific research

Isthmus contributor Julia Burke reported on the new feminist biology program at UW-Madison in the May 2 issue, and discussed her story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the May 1 edition of In Our Backyard. >More
 New UW-Madison postdoctoral program in feminist biology is the first in the nation

True or false? Women are more emotional than men. Boys are better than girls at math and science. "Many things that 'everyone knows' about human sex differences are not scientifically accurate," says professor Caitilyn Allen, a plant pathologist at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Yet, she adds, these ideas "affect individual life decisions and broader social policies. Getting the facts right leads to increased opportunities for everyone and improves the quality of science in general." >More
 The open-source seed movement in Wisconsin

Farmers have traditionally gathered and saved seeds from one growing season to plant in the next. But this age-old tradition is being threatened by corporations that are increasingly restricting access to seeds through patents. >More
 The scourge of shingles

Last spring I struck up a casual conversation with a stranger and heard about how the debilitating pain of his wife's shingles infection had been overwhelming both of their lives for months. Though I had heard of shingles, I thought it was a nuisance rash that troubled a few overly sensitive seniors. >More
 How UW-Madison lab cats became the symbols for PETA's campaign against animal research

Deep inside a dimly lit campus laboratory, a 13-year-old calico cat stares ahead. Her tail twitches back and forth slowly. She appears relaxed but focused. Orange, white and black spots splotch her coat, and her white paws stand out against the charcoal-colored surface. Lined with egg-carton foam, the room is protected from light and sound. >More
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