WID Featured Publications Debut: Firsthand Science

Scientists at WID are conducting impactful research every day, working on problems spanning cells, societies, and beyond, and applying rigorous methods to big ideas. In the first five years of the Institute’s existence, WID researchers have published hundreds of scientific articles , many of them in top journals like Nature, Science, and PNAS — you can check out a comprehensive listing of WID publications here.

Starting today, we will select some of the most consequential and interesting publications from WID for our new Featured Publications series. You can find the latest Featured Publications on the wid.wisc.edu homepage next to Featured Stories and get a glimpse into a key aspect of formal science. Included with each entry will be a lay description of the publication so that even non-experts can understand and appreciate important discoveries, along with a link to the full publication for those who want to delve deeper into the details WID’s of cutting-edge science.

The first entry in the series is a paper in BMC Bioinformatics by Systems Biology graduate student Erik Wright, who is improving DNA sequence alignment using local sequence context.

Join us as we explore science straight from the source.

— Nolan Lendved