In these tight budgetary times, paying for a new academic building on a public university campus requires creative financing, and in some cases, ambitious fundraising among special interest groups that could benefit from research produced there.
It's a good thing Wisconsin has a vested interest in cheese and sausages.
A dairy plant addition and a new meat science and muscle biology laboratory are on the drawing board for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with half the money to build them being raised privately by the dairy and the meat industries, respectively.
The pharmaceutical industry also may have a vested interest in the lab. Researchers there are studying how tissues from the intestines of meat-producing animals may be used for wound dressings, and possible medical applications for enzymes and other products from these animals.