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Researchers awarded NSF grant to fund 3D bioprinter

[ ] A team of researchers from the IGB’s Regenerative Biology and Tissue Engineering (RBTE) theme was awarded a NSF grant that will provide funding for a new 3D-bioprinting instrument…

Researchers discover unique property of critical methane-producing enzyme

[ ] An unexpected discovery has given scientists a greater understanding of an important methane-producing enzyme. A team of IGB researchers published a paper in eLife that outlined…

The time is RIPE to transform agriculture and feed the world

[ ] University of Illinois receives grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, FFAR, and DFID to catalyze photosynthetic improvements, increase yields for farmers worldwide.…

Airlines could fly thousands of miles on biofuel from new promising feedstock

[ ] A Boeing 747 burns one gallon of jet fuel each second. A recent analysis from researchers at the University of Illinois estimate that this aircraft could fly for 10 hours on bio-…

Researchers use computation and genomics to battle tooth decay

[ ] An expert in using computational and experimental techniques to combat infectious diseases, Illinois Bioengineering faculty and MMG member Paul Jensen is taking aim at one of the…

Seeing Emergent Physics Behind Evolution

[ ] Quanta magazine recently interviewed Swanlund Professor of Physics and leader of IGB's Biocomplexity research theme, Nigel Goldenfeld. The physicist Nigel Goldenfeld hates…

Scientists discover spring-loaded mechanism in unusual species of trap-jaw ant

[ ] Researchers reveal how a group of trap-jaw ants can snap their jaws shut at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour – just fast enough to capture their elusive prey. They report their…

NSF awards Illinois $3M for interdisciplinary graduate student training

[ ] The National Science Foundation recently granted the University of Illinois $3 million for an interdisciplinary graduate student training program to help form new insight on the…

Workshop “bridges” empirical, theoretical understandings of climate and crop yield

[ ] The societal stakes for assessing climate change impacts on agriculture and food supply are incredibly high. To meet this need, sophisticated computer models have been developed…

Combating antiviral drug resistance with dynamic therapeutics

[ ] Antiviral drug resistance has long been a problem in modern society. As viruses evolve, they develop resistance to antiviral drugs, which become less effective at treating…

Slowing dangerous bacteria may be more effective than killing them

[ ] Researchers at the University of Illinois have discovered a mechanism that allows bacteria of the same species to communicate when their survival is threatened. The study suggests…

New microscope technique reveals internal structure of live embryos

[ ] University of Illinois researchers have developed a way to produce 3-D images of live embryos in cattle that could help determine embryo viability before in vitro fertilization in…

New handheld spectral analyzer uses smartphone to detect disease

[ ] Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed technology that enables a smartphone to perform lab-grade medical diagnostic tests that typically…

Auinash Kalsotra Awarded MDA Grant for Studying Myotonic Dystrophy

[ ] The grant to Prof. Kalsotra provides $300,000 over a three-year period to study the molecular basis for cardiac arrhythmias in Myotonic Dystrophy, a multi-systemic disease that…

$2.6 million to build versatile genetic toolkit for studying animal behavior

[ ] The National Science Foundation (NSF) has made 17 Next Generation Networks for Neuroscience (NeuroNex) awards to aid the research community as it pursues one of its grandest…

Girls learn about plants inside and out at Pollen Power camp

[ ] Most summer day camps rely on some standard activities to entertain their attendees—indoor and outdoor games, crafts, field trips, and snacks. The middle school girls who attended…

Study finds parallels between unresponsive honey bees, autism in humans

[ ] Honey bees that consistently fail to respond to obvious social cues share something fundamental with autistic humans, researchers report in a new study. Genes most closely…

Research to investigate oil field biosouring with new technology

[ ] A new IGB research project seeks to solve a $90 billion global problem in the oil industry while making oil drilling less harmful to the environment.     Bruce Fouke, Professor in…

Two undergrads improve plant carbon-cycle models

[ ] In the summer of 2012, two undergraduate students tackled a problem that plant ecology experts had overlooked for 30 years. The students demonstrated that different plant species…

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…