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Birds Find Their Place in the Avian Tree of Life

[ ] An international effort involving more than 100 researchers, nine supercomputers and about 400 years of CPU time has yielded the most reliable avian tree of life yet produced,…

American Association for the Advancement of Science 2014 Fellows

[ ] Six University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faculty members have been elected 2014 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, including Brendan A.…

Study Shows Different Species Share a "Genetic Toolkit" for Behavioral Traits

[ ] The house mouse, stickleback fish and honey bee appear to have little in common, but at the genetic level these creatures respond in strikingly similar ways to danger, researchers…

Cellular Decision Making Focus of New IGB Theme

[ ] Cellular Decision Making Focus of New IGB Theme If a cell is damaged, does it repair itself or decide to self-destruct? And just how does the cell make that decision? The…

Team Discovers How Microbes Build a Powerful Antibiotic

[ ] Researchers report in the journal Nature that they have made a breakthrough in understanding how a powerful antibiotic agent is made in nature. Their discovery solves a decades-…

Koala Study Reveals Clues About Origins of the Human Genome

[ ] Eight percent of your genome derives from retroviruses that inserted themselves into human sex cells millions of years ago. Right now the koala retrovirus (KoRV) is invading koala…

New study uses DNA sequences to look back in time at plant evolution

[ ] Scientists from North America, Europe and China have published a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that reveals important details about key transitions…

Illinois, Mayo Clinic Collaborate to Revolutionize Genomic Data Analysis

[ ] Today’s researchers, working with the advantages of new, sophisticated laboratory technology, have unleashed a river of valuable biomedical data—much more, in fact, than many of…

Entomology Professor May Berenbaum Awarded National Medal of Science

[ ] University of Illinois professor of entomology and IGB faculty member May Berenbaum has been awarded the National Medal of Science, the nation's highest honor for achievement and…

Novel Roadmap Through Bacterial Genomes Leads to New Drug Discovery

[ ] Illinois researchers develop a database that will guide and streamline the search for naturally produced antibiotics For millennia, bacteria and other microbes have engaged in…

Male Stickleback Fish Influence Offspring Behavior, Gene Expression

[ ] Researchers report that some stickleback fish fathers can have long-term effects on the behavior of their offspring: The most attentive fish dads cause their offspring to behave…

The IGB Experiment

[ ] In 2007 the University of Illinois began an innovative experiment in transdisciplinary collaboration by launching the Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB). The institute’s founding…

Search for better biofuels microbes leads to the human gut

[ ] Search for better biofuels microbes leads to the human gut Scientists have scoured cow rumens and termite guts for microbes that can efficiently break down plant cell walls for…

New research may help doctors personalize cancer treatments

[ ] New research may help doctors personalize cancer treatments Most types of tumors, including cancer, require a supply of blood to grow larger than a few millimeters. Scientists…

Where Will Science Take Us In 20 Years? Blog Provides 2034 Predictions

[ ] Where Will Science Take Us In 20 Years? New Blog Provides Predictions for the Year 2034 The Science Coalition unveiled a new blog featuring predictions of what science and…

Earth can sustain more terrestrial plant growth than previously thought

[ ] Earth can sustain more terrestrial plant growth than previously thought A new analysis suggests the planet can produce much more land-plant biomass – the total material in leaves…

Climate relicts may help researchers understand climate change

[ ] Climate relicts may help researchers understand climate change While hiking through the Ozarks’ characteristic oak and hickory forests as a teenager, ecologist Scott Woolbright…

New understanding to reprogramming cells holds medical promise

[ ] Understanding barriers to reprogramming cells holds promise for regenerative medicine The recent discovery that human somatic cells (the cells of the body) can be reprogrammed in…

Researchers boost insect aggression by altering brain metabolism

[ ] Researchers boost insect aggression by altering brain metabolism Scientists report they can crank up insect aggression simply by interfering with a basic metabolic pathway in the…

Cell mechanics may hold key to how cancer spreads and recurs

[ ] Cell mechanics may hold key to how cancer spreads and recurs Cancer cells that break away from tumors to go looking for a new home may prefer to settle into a soft bed, according…