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Wisconsin scientists develop quick botox test

MADISON - Scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a pair of rapid-fire tests for botulinum toxin, a feat that could underpin new technologies to thwart bioterrorism and spur the development of agents to blunt the toxic action of the world's most poisonous substance.... ...Writing this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), the Wisconsin grou...

NIH awards grant for cancer research to the University of Wisconsin

HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson announced today the award of a $7 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to the University of Wisconsin to help construct a cancer research facility, which will enable basic researchers and clinical investigators to work together to address the causes, prevention, and treatment of breast cancer. Last year, the Secretary announced a similar award to the U...

Wisconsin chemists find a new chink in TB's armor

MADISON - The family of bacteria that causes tuberculosis (TB) and leprosy are notoriously sturdy. And although the diseases they cause have been held in check for the past 50 years by antibiotics, some strains are becoming increasingly resistant to existing therapy.... ...Now, however, a new chink has been found in the cellular armor that makes these infectious diseases difficult to treat. The d...

Wisconsin team engineers hydrogen from biomass

MADISON - In the search for a nonpolluting energy source, hydrogen is often cited as a potential source of unlimited clean power. But hydrogen is only as clean as the process used to make it. Currently, most hydrogen is made from fossil fuels like natural gas using multi-step and high-temperature processes.... ...Now, chemical engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a new...

TIP/University of Wisconsin-Madison genomics experts

.Today's public unveiling of the "working draft" of the human genone, along with a flurry of scholarly papers on its implications, marks another step in the evolution of this new science toward practical medical benefits.. .The entire genome sequence, composed of about 3 billion units and as many as 40,000 genes, will be made available online. The world's two top scientific journals - Science a...

University of Wisconsin-Madison scientist is named ESA president

. MADISON -- Stephen Carpenter, Halverson Professor of Limnology and Professor of Zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been elected the new president of the Ecological Society of America.. . Carpenter will preside over more than 7,600 members in the United States and internationally. The Society, considered the country's premier professional organization of ecologists, was founde...

Wisconsin lake study shows persistence of acid rain effects

. Little Rock Lake, the site of a landmark study on the effects of acid rain, has been taken to chemical hell and back, and seemingly recovered from the trip.. . The University of Wisconsin-Madison study, spanning two decades, found that while the chemistry of the lake corrected itself naturally - and fairly quickly -- the biological changes took much longer to bounce back.. . This year, the n...

Wisconsin Scientists Culture Elusive Embryonic Stem Cells

.MADISON - The dream of one day being able to grow in the laboratory an unlimited.amount of human tissues for transplantation is one step closer to reality. .Writing in the journal Science, a team of scientists from the University of.Wisconsin-Madison report the successful derivation and prolonged culture of.human embryonic stem cells - cells that are the parent cells of all tissues in.the body....

Researcher Uncovers New Species Of Fungus In Wisconsin Lake

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Among the underwater debris where elusive muskies.dwell in northern Wisconsin, there lives a newly identified creature with.dangling appendages. No need to fear it, however. The organism is microscopic.and prefers cattails. . Phomatospora.muskellungensis after both the muskie, which American Indians called.the ugly (musk) fish (kinonge), and the Big Muskellunge Lake where i...

USGS Scientists Implicate Exotic Parasite In Wisconsin Lake Bird Deaths

. . An exotic parasite, never before reported in the United States,.is responsible for for the deaths of large numbers of waterbirds in Shawano.Lake, Wisconsin, last fall.. . Dr. Rebecca Cole, a parasitologist working at the U.S. Geological.Survey's National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wisconsin, announced the.finding today. In just two mont...

E. Coli Genome Reported: Milestone Of Modern Biology Emerges From Wisconsin Lab

MADISON - A team of scientists headed by Frederick R. Blattner of the.E. coli Genome Project in the Laboratory of Genetics at the University of.Wisconsin-Madison has determined the complete genome sequence of the E. coli bacterium, it was reported today (Sept. 5) in the journal Science. . .A genome is the sum total of the genes of an organism. Genes are encoded.in the sequence of chemical...
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