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How iBioFAB is building on changes in synthetic biology

[ ] In the concourse research lab of IGB, a robotic system is changing the face of synthetic biology. Described as a one-of-a-kind “living foundry,” the system is a platform for…

Brief interactions spur lasting waves of gene activity in the brain

[ ] A five-minute encounter with an outsider spurs a cascade of changes in gene activity in the brain that can last for hours, researchers report in a study of stickleback fish. The…

DOE Funds Major Bioenergy Research Center At Illinois Through IGB and iSEE

[ ] The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is doubling down on energy research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, funding a multi-million dollar Bioenergy Research Center…

Study identifies key player in heart enlargement

[ ] The heart is a dynamic muscle that grows and shrinks in response to stressors such as exercise and disease. The secret to its malleability lies in individual cells, which get…

New 3D model predicts best planting practices for farmers

[ ] As farmers survey their fields this summer, several questions come to mind: How many plants germinated per acre? How does altering row spacing affect my yields? Does it make a…

Report evaluates computational genomics skills of African scientists

[ ] A new paper co-authored by Illinois and African scientists describes how an African bioinformatics network tested researchers’ ability to perform computational genomics tasks that…

Tim Fan and Morris Animal Foundation to test new cancer therapies

[ ] Frustrated with the irrelevance of many mouse experiments to human health, some scientists have started testing new drug therapies on dogs with cancer. The Morris Animal…

Stephen Long Receives Visiting Professorship at Oxford

[ ] Stephen Long, Gutgsell Endowed Professor in the departments of crop sciences and plant biology, has been appointed to the Newton Abraham Visiting Professorship in the Department…

Rachel Whitaker Receives Allen Distinguished Investigator Award

[ ] The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group today announced five new Allen Distinguished Investigator (ADI) awards to researchers conducting pioneering research in epigenetics, aging, and…

Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research Supports Crops in Silico

[ ] The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) has awarded Principal Investigator Amy Marshall-Colón, Assistant Professor of Plant Biology at the University of Illinois…

New Woese Undergraduate Research Scholar

[ ] Since his freshman year of college, Yuhao Min has been passionate about research. Now a rising senior at the University of Illinois, he’s getting to pursue what he loves through…

World of Genomics brings IGB research to Chicago

[ ] From May 18th to 20th in Chicago, over 10,000 visitors experienced the World of Genomics at the Field Museum of Natural History, a three-day event presented by the Carl R. Woese…

Zeynep Madak-Erdogan and Ruby Mendenhall

[ ] Zeynep Madak-Erdogan, Assistant Professor of Nutrition (ONC-PM) and Ruby Mendenhall, Associate Professor in Sociology, African American Studies, Urban and Regional Planning, and…

Social experience tweaks genome function, behavior

[ ] Mice have a reputation for timidity. Yet when confronted with an unfamiliar peer, a mouse may respond by rearing, chasing, grappling, and biting—and come away with altered…

World of Genomics brings IGB research to Chicago

[ ] From May 18th to 20th in Chicago, over 10,000 visitors experienced the World of Genomics at the Field Museum of Natural History, a three-day event presented by the Carl R. Woese…

Anthropology

[ ] Forensics (Northbrook, Ill., May 4) – A study of the DNA of the nameless people who died attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexican border indicates they have disproportionately greater…

Three IGB members elected to National Academy of Sciences

[ ] The National Academy of Sciences announced today the election of their 2017 members, including three from the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of…

New capabilities for genome-wide engineering of yeast

[ ] One of humankind’s oldest industrial partners is yeast, a familiar microbe that enabled early societies to brew beer and leaven bread and empowers modern ones to synthesize…

Modified soybeans yield more in future climate conditions

[ ] By 2050, we will need to feed 2 billion more people on less land. Meanwhile, carbon dioxide levels are predicted to hit 600 parts per million—a 50% increase over today’s levels—…

Giving with Purpose

[ ] Along with helping produce innovative medical and pharmaceutical products, Dr. Mark Tracy, PhD, founder and president of Tracy BioConsulting, LLC, strives to introduce…