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MADISON (WKOW) -- Adults have a chance to roll-up their sleeves and experiment with science in a new series from the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery.

"It's science for grown ups," said Laura Heisler, director of programming for the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), explaining that the program is being launched because kids can't have all the fun.

Every second Tuesday of each month, WARF is sponsoring a different cutting-edge experiment for adults.

The first class, on Tuesday, October 8, will be on microfluidics, and how these mini liquid mazes can revolutionize healthcare by providing a reliable, more affordable way to test new drugs and push new treatments to the market faster than before.

"Microfluidics can be especially beneficial in developing countries -- like a Doctors Without Borders situation -- where they need inexpensive ways to test for diseases," said WARF's education manager Travis Tangen, and continues, "as well as a way to bring down the cost of medical research in the U.S."

Subsequent labs will feature a variety of topics ranging from nanotechnology to rapid prototyping, and how they relate to today's research and medicine.

For more information or to sign up for an adult science class, see the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery's website.
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