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2013-04-12 13:13:03

When it comes to delivering genes to living human tissue, the odds of success come down the molecule. The entire therapy – including the tools used to bring new genetic material into a cell – must have predictable effects. Now, a new screening process will simplify non-viral transfection, providing a method researchers and clinicians use to find an optimal set of biomaterials to deliver genes to cells. Developed by William Murphy, the Harvey D. Spangler professor of...

2013-03-14 20:03:35

For the first time, scientists have transplanted neural cells derived from a monkey's skin into its brain and watched the cells develop into several types of mature brain cells, according to the authors of a new study in Cell Reports. After six months, the cells looked entirely normal, and were only detectable because they initially were tagged with a fluorescent protein. Because the cells were derived from adult cells in each monkey's skin, the experiment is a proof-of-principle for the...

2013-03-04 23:07:14

A multi-university team of researchers has artificially engineered a unique multilayer material that could lead to breakthroughs in both superconductivity research and in real-world applications. The researchers can tailor the material, which seamlessly alternates between metal and oxide layers, to achieve extraordinary superconducting properties – in particular, the ability to transport much more electrical current than non-engineered materials. The team includes experts from the...

2013-01-29 23:02:23

Frank W. Waterstraat, Jr., RHIA, has been named director of the online healthcare information management degree program. In this role, he will help ensure the new UW health information management and technology degree program prepares graduates with the education and skills necessary to qualify for emerging jobs in this rapidly changing industry. Madison, Wis. (PRWEB) January 29, 2013 The health information technology revolution is shaping the healthcare industry in a profound way. The...

2013-01-01 10:45:31

Trees and the insects that eat them wage constant war. Insects burrow and munch; trees deploy lethal and disruptive defenses in the form of chemicals. But in a warming world, where temperatures and seasonal change are in flux, the tide of battle may be shifting in some insects' favor, according to a new study. In a report published today (Dec. 31, 2012) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a team of scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison reports a rising...

Great Lakes Study Highlights Environmental Threats And Challenges
2012-12-18 09:46:53

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A research team, led by the University of Michigan, has developed a comprehensive map telling the story of human impact on the Great Lakes and identifying how "environmental stressors" stretching from Minnesota to Ontario are shaping the future of an ecosystem that contains 20 percent of the world's fresh water. The map, three years in the making, was a collaborative effort with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a binational team...

2012-11-30 16:07:50

In efforts to understand what influences life span, cancer and aging, scientists are building roadmaps to navigate and learn about cells at the molecular level. To survey previously uncharted territory, a team of researchers at UW-Madison created an "atlas" that maps more than 1,500 unique landmarks within mitochondria that could provide clues to the metabolic connections between caloric restriction and aging. The map, as well as the techniques used to create it, could lead to a better...

Stress During Infancy Affects Brain Development Of Females
2012-11-13 06:16:34

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison recently discovered that early family stress during infancy could be related to changes that occur in the daily brain function and anxiety of teenage girls. The data was pooled from a population study that looked at the relationship between stress and the developmental pathway of the brain. For female infants who lived in homes with stressed out mothers, they were more likely...

Expedition To Legendary City Of Troy Begins In 2013
2012-10-16 12:57:15

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online “Like the generations of leaves, the lives of mortal men. Now the wind scatters the old leaves across the earth, now the living timber bursts with the new buds and spring comes round again. And so with men: as one generation comes to life, another dies away.” “• Homer, The Iliad The city-state of Troy is the stuff of legends, with mythical heroes, women of unsurpassed beauty and the fabled wooden Trojan Horse....


Word of the Day
call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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