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University of Illinois receives grant to study ozone resistance in corn

[ ] The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has received a five–year, $5.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop ozone-resistance in corn. These strains…

Illinois to Improve Crop Yield through Photosynthesis in New Global Effort

[ ] The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has received a five–year, $25-million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to improve the photosynthetic properties of…

Team solves mystery associated with DNA repair

[ ] Every time a human or bacterial cell divides it first must copy its DNA. Specialized proteins unzip the intertwined DNA strands while others follow and build new strands, using…

Proteins that work at the end of DNA could provide cancer insight

[ ] New insights into a protein complex that regulates the very tips of chromosomes could improve methods of screening anti-cancer drugs. Led by bioengineering professor and IGB…

Cells power biological machines

[ ] They’re soft, biocompatible, about 7 millimeters long – and, incredibly, able to walk by themselves. Miniature “bio-bots” developed at the University of Illinois are making tracks…

Study tracks brain gene response to territorial aggression

[ ] With a mate and a nest to protect, the male threespined stickleback is a fierce fish, chasing and biting other males until they go away. Now researchers are mapping the genetic…

Genome Day a great success!

[ ] Thank you to everyone who attended Genome Day, a day of learning about genomes, genes, DNA, and evolution at the Orpheum Children’s Science Museum in Champaign on Saturday,…

Grant Establishes Bioinformatics Research Network in Africa

[ ] Victor Jongeneel, director of the High-Performance Biological Computing (HPCBio) program and affiliate of the Institute for Genomic Biology and the National Center for…

Join us for Genome Day on November 3rd at the Orpheum Children’s Science Museum

[ ] Genome Day Sat, 11/03/2012 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Orpheum Children’s Science Museum, 346 N. Neil Street, Champaign Join the IGB for for a day of learning about genomes, genes, DNA…

2012 Proof of Concept Initiative Recipients Announced

[ ] The Institute for Genomic Biology is happy to announce the award recipients in the 2012 IGB Proof of Concept (POC) Initiative.  There is a well-known funding gap between basic…

5-Year NASA-Funded Research Grant Awarded

[ ] The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been selected as one of five new research teams joining the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) to study the origin and evolution…

Two IGB Members named University Scholars

[ ] Elizabeth Ainsworth and Phillip Newmark have been named as University Scholars, a program created to recognize the university’s most talented teachers, scholars and researchers.…

IGB Faculty Member Recognized with NIH New Innovator Award

[ ] Sua Myong, an assistant professor of Bioengineering, is the recipient of a 2012 NIH Director's New Innovator Award. Myong, who is a faculty member of the Cellular Decision Making…

Study identifies prime source of ocean methane

[ ] Up to 4 percent of the methane on Earth comes from the ocean’s oxygen-rich waters, but scientists have been unable to identify the source of this potent greenhouse gas. Now…

Illinois chemist named top young innovator

[ ] Chemistry professor and IGB affiliate Ryan C. Bailey has been chosen as one of the world’s top young innovators by Technology Review, the world’s oldest technology magazine.…

Record high impact ratings for journals Global Change Biology and GCB Bioenergy

[ ] Global Change Biology (GCB) and its sister journal GCB Bioenergy received record high impact ratings from the Institute for Scientific Information last month. Edited by Deputy…

Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Management Grads Share Their Experience

[ ] The Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Management (CEM) is a program for entrepreneurially minded MD students, DVM students, PhD students, and Post-Doctoral Associates in…

Improving Drought-Resistance of Biofuel Grasses

[ ] The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a five-year, $12.1 million grant to a multi-institutional effort to develop drought-resistant grasses for use in biofuels. The Donald…

Alison Bell receives Animal Behavior Society Young Investigator Award

[ ] Alison Bell, a University of Illinois animal biology professor and affiliate of the Institute for Genomic Biology, is the recipient of the 2012 Young Investigator Award from the…

Evaluation of Microscopy Techniques May Help Scientists to Better Understand Ancient Plants

[ ] In a paper published in PLoS ONE, scientists at the University of Illinois released their findings on what microscopy techniques are needed to identify the shape and texture of…