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Newswise: UW-Madison Bioethicist Co-Chairs Gene Editing Study

UW-Madison Bioethicist Co-Chairs Gene Editing Study

University of Wisconsin-Madison

R. Alta Charo, a professor of law and longtime student of the regulation and ethics of biotechnology, was named co-chair of a study committee established Nov. 12 by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to look into the implications of a faster, easier and more precise method for "editing" genes.

Channels: Genetics, Local - Wisconsin, Ethics and Research Methods,

Released:
13-Nov-2015 11:05 AM EST
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UW Experts: Census Bureau’s Annual ‘Poverty Numbers’ Provide Good News

University of Wisconsin-Madison

The new “poverty numbers” from the U.S. Census Bureau reflect some good news for the nation’s antipoverty efforts, according to UW–Madison experts.

Channels: Economics, Poverty, Local - Wisconsin,

Released:
18-Sep-2015 11:05 AM EDT
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New MOOCs to Focus on Environmental and Community Themes

University of Wisconsin-Madison

It was Aldo Leopold — the 20th century conservationist, father of wildlife management and former University of Wisconsin faculty member, who once said, “There are two things that interest me: the relation of people to each other and the relation of people to the land.”

Channels: Education,

Released:
1-Jul-2014 3:00 PM EDT
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Education

Newswise: Made-in-Wisconsin Atom Probe Assisted Dating of Oldest Piece of Earth

Made-in-Wisconsin Atom Probe Assisted Dating of Oldest Piece of Earth

University of Wisconsin-Madison

It's a scientific axiom: big claims require extra-solid evidence. So when University of Wisconsin-Madison geoscience professor John Valley dated an ancient crystal to 4.4 billion years ago, skeptics questioned the dating. Then, in 2013, Valley's colleagues at CAMECA put the zircon inside an ultra-precise atom probe and, Valley says, got "data that answered the most serious of the challenges going back to 2001."

Released:
17-Apr-2014 11:00 AM EDT
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Newswise: ‘Stem Cell Tourism’ Takes Advantage of Patients, Says Law Professor

‘Stem Cell Tourism’ Takes Advantage of Patients, Says Law Professor

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Desperate patients are easy prey for unscrupulous clinics offering untested and risky stem cell treatments, says law and bioethics Professor Alta Charo of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who is studying “stem cell tourism.”

Channels: Stem Cells,

Released:
24-Mar-2014 4:00 PM EDT
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Extreme Heat Raises Climate Change Questions, Concerns

University of Wisconsin-Madison

The recent heat wave baking much of the country has prompted many people to ask: Is this due to climate change?

Channels: Environmental Science, Summer, Climate Science, Drought,

Released:
5-Jul-2012 4:05 PM EDT
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Japan Experts

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Hundreds are confirmed dead and thousands without shelter or power after an earthquake of 8.9 magnitude, and resulting tsunami, near the Japanese island of Honshu. These University of Wisconsin-Madison experts can provide context and analysis for interested media.

Channels: Earthquakes, Floods, Natural Disasters,

Released:
11-Mar-2011 5:00 PM EST
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Social Security Expert: Modest Changes Could Protect Vulnerable Populations

University of Wisconsin-Madison

University of Wisconsin-Madison sociologist Pamela Herd has been a scholar of Social Security for more than a decade, but her most poignant lesson may have come from her own mother's experience last fall.

Channels: Government/Law, Economics,

Released:
26-Feb-2009 4:20 PM EST
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Social and Behavioral Sciences

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Reason Or Faith? Darwin Expert Reflects

University of Wisconsin-Madison

This is going to be a big year for evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin: 2009 marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of his book "On the Origin of Species," and Feb. 12 would be his 200th birthday. Throughout the year, Darwin Day events are planned around the world to celebrate the man and his work, and to explore Darwin's legacy of science and reason.

Channels: Evolution and Darwin,

Released:
3-Feb-2009 3:00 PM EST
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Charles Darwin, Evolutionary Biology Experts

University of Wisconsin-Madison

With Charles Darwin's 200th birthday coming up in February, several University of Wisconsin-Madison experts are available to talk about the evolutionary biologist and related research.

Channels: Evolution and Darwin,

Released:
30-Jan-2009 1:00 PM EST
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