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WID Featured Publications Debut: Firsthand Science

The new Featured Publications series serves up some of the most exciting discoveries from WID straight from the source.


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.


Featured Publications will appear on the wid.wisc.edu homepage

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

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More articles in Featured Publications:

Overview of human influenza response module expression patterns. The red-blue heat map shows mean expression of all genes in each module. The more red (blue) an entry, the higher (lower) expression in infected vs. mock-treated cells.

Understanding the Immune System with Machine Learning

Systems Biology researchers Deborah Chasman and Sushmita Roy are using machine learning to identify virus and pathogenicity-specific regulatory networks which may guide the design of effective therapeutics for infectious diseases. The work is described in a recent paper in PLOS Computational Biology.

Industrial fuming pipe against the blue sky. Manufacturing plant.

The Strategic Value of Carbon Tariffs

Professor Thomas Rutherford, WID Optimization, and colleagues used numerical models to examine whether the threat of carbon tariffs might lower the cost of reductions in world carbon emissions in a paper published in the February issue of the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy.