Work done by Elizabeth Heath-Heckman and others from the McFall-Ngai lab regarding the "tick-tock of an animal's daily clock" is highlighted in Nature's April 18 2013 "Ecology" Research Highlights.
While bacteria reproduce by creating genetic clones, individual bacteria don’t always behave in the same way. Studies have shown that individual bacteria change their behavior to better the odds of their collective survival. How this takes place in bacteria is unknown. But with nearly $2.5 million in funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, University of Wisconsin-Madison scientists and collaborators at the University of Southern California and the University of Colorado–Boulder plan to find out by developing the technology necessary for exploring the genetic material of individual bacteria.
The Microbial Sciences Building houses the following UW-Madison organizations:
The Microbial Sciences Building is accessible to the general public 7am-7pm, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays), although public access to Floors 3-6 is restricted after 5pm. On weekends and holidays, access is limited to those individuals holding after-hours access privileges.