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Flu institute a booster shot for Wisconsin biotech stature

Wisconsins reputation as a biotechnology leader was greatly enhanced today with the announcement that an Institute for Influenza Viral Research will be established by UW-Madison.

Thats the assessment of Mark Bugher, director of University Research Park, where the research institute will be located. Bugher said the institute, which is designed to accelerate the pace of research into the mo......

Full article >>> and unavailable for comment, but Bugher said the avian flu vaccine is up there with stem cells in terms of breakthrough technology. The avian flu is being talked about almost every day in the international news, noted Bugher, who is working to develop a second University Research Park campus on Madisons Far West side. If Wisconsin can become the centerpiece for avian flu research, and scientist Yo......

Full article >>> the area of reverse genetics has enabled drug manufacturers to more quickly produce vaccines for new strains, and identify new molecular targets for anti-viral drugs. According to UW-Madison, a more recent discovery indicates how flu viruses organize their genetic material to create infectious particles.

Kawaokas lab is studying the molecular basis of the high virulence of the H5N1 avia......

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