Scientists looking into proteins at the University of Wisconsin (UW) have been granted US$17m, to fund a four-year research programme. UW biochemists John Markley and George Phillips received the boost from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences . It is hoped that their research project, which will focus on cataloging the three-dimensional structures of proteins, may enable scientists to find cures for diseases such as vCJD, the human equivalent of mad cow disease.