New research tool offers improved method for studying microbes
UW-Madison scientists have created a tool to improve the efficiency of microbial research, a quickly growing field that could lead to new medical therapies.

Interest in microbial interactions has risen in recent decades as clinical studies have illuminated the complex relationships between human health and colonies of microbes within the body. More than 100 trillion bacteria live in the human gut alone, and these microbes are involved with numerous diseases including inflammatory disorders, cancers, depression and diabetes.

The tool’s lead inventors, Ophelia Venturelli and Philip Romero, are both researchers in the university’s biochemistry department and have applied for a patent on their invention. In the meantime, WARF is looking for commercial partners to aid in the development process.

Late last year, their team was announced as winners of the WARF Innovation Award, which came with a $10,000 cash prize...

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Ken Notes: WARF and the University Research Park will be my guests on Development Matters March 14th. These two independent extension of the UW are bringing world class research and development to Wisconsin. They are now focused on entrepreneurship, venture capital, and growing new companies (not to mention bacteria) as well.

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