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Research, outreach, and initiatives at WID embody the Wisconsin Idea — reaching beyond the walls of the institute and the UW campus and into the lives of citizens across the state, country, and world.


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Serendipity reveals new method to fight cancer with T cells

Cells treated with “metabolic priming” retained their stem cell-like qualities, thus enhancing their ability to kill cancer cells, transform into durable memory cells, and survive longer in the body. 
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Researchers Develop Advanced Gene Editing Techniques to Boost T Cells in Cancer Treatment 

A new study from the Krishanu Saha lab suggests using CRISPR technology to optimize natural immune responses by bioengineering and remodeling T cells. Using a multiplexing technique, the team addresses key challenges in current cancer therapies that could significantly improve treatment outcomes. "We have developed a new way to engineer immune cells to fight cancer more safely and effectively. Think of it as reprogramming the body’s own soldiers (T cells) to recognize and attack cancer cells," says Cappabianca.
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Call for Artists: Spirits of Renewal – The Artistic Alchemy of Women in Distilling and Regenerative Agriculture

Science to Street Art is pleased to announce that the Call for Mural Artists is now open until July 7th. The themes for the murals are Regenerative Agriculture, Chemistry of Distilling, and Women in Distilling. They are offering a compensation of $20,000.
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