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fANTastic Farmers! Leaf-Cutter Ant Display Colony

Saturday, November 04, 2017
by Caitlin Carlson

Visit the Currie-lab’s large leaf-cutter ant colony at the UW-Madison Microbial Sciences Building and learn about these amazing organisms! Observe the ants cutting and carrying leaves to feed the symbiotic fungus they farm in underground chambers. Watch the ants raise their young and weed their fungus. Plus, learn how we can improve our understanding of basic biology, discover new antibiotics, and contribute to biofuel research by studying these insects. Visitors can observe our display colony, play a game to experience the challenges of forming a successful leaf-cutter ant colony, and learn how to collect ants in their own backyards.

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Tags: Wisconsin Science Festival

Currie lab news! New human microbiome funding, and the importance of citizen science

Monday, July 03, 2017
by Jenny Bratburd

You're not alone when you when you have a microbiome!

Here at the Currie lab we are very excited to work on our new project, “The Human Microbiome in Health and Disease”, funded by the the University of Wisconsin's UW2020 initiative . Through this research, we plan to leverage samples collected from large cohort studies, including the Children's Respiratory Research (CREW) and the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS) with the University of Wisconsin Madison's growing gnotobiotic animal facility to detect new biomarkers of diseases ranging from autism to Alzheimer's and develop novel drug leads. See more details here: []

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Tags: Microbiome

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