UP: James Thomson. The UW-Madison stem cell researcher wins $1 million in grants from the state for his new company, Stem Cell Products. Thomson and his colleagues founded the company after discovering a way to use stem cells to produce components of human blood. The research could be used to treat blood disorders such as anemia.
DOWN: Madison Gas & Electric. The utility takes heat from environmentalists after it reports that its overall carbon dioxide emissions will increase 15% by 2015, even though MGE will stop burning coal at its Blount Street plant by 2011. MGE says the increase owes to rising energy demands.