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The Walk of Life: A Celebration of the Past and a Path to Future Discovery

[ ] Just west of the IGB Building, across from the iconic Morrow Plots, is a stretch of sidewalk that looks different than any other on campus. Instead of the typical cracked, beige…

In the developing ears of opossums, echoes of evolutionary history

[ ] When we are confronted with the remarkable diversity and complexity of forms among living things—the lightweight and leathery wings of a bat, the dense networks of genes that work…

Changing the environment within bone marrow alters blood cell development

[ ] Researchers at the University of Illinois report they can alter blood cell development through the use of biomaterials designed to mimic characteristics of the bone marrow. The…

Tapestry of Hope

[ ] Tapestry of Hope Sweat sneaks beneath Kasia’s sunglasses as she tiptoes around the carefully organized research plots, orchestrated using GPS technology. The tiny plants reach up…

Good Laboratory Practice

[ ] Science Magazine (Feb. 9) – For private and government laboratories working in the regulatory arena, “good laboratory practice” has become de rigueur. But few academic researchers…

Gene Robinson and May Berenbaum on Reddit's Ask Me Anything

[ ] Gene Robinson and May Berenbaum featured on Reddit's Ask Me Anything IGB Director and Swanlund Chair in Entomology Gene Robinson, with Swanlund Chair and Head of Entomology May…

Cancer Drug Trials

[ ] WCBS-TV (CBS New York, Jan. 24) – An experimental drug called Pac-1 that has shown success in treating cancer in dogs is being tested in human trials. Paul Hergenrother, a…

Crop achilles' heel costs farmers 10 percent of potential yield

[ ] Scientists assumed leaves at the top of a plant would be the best at turning higher levels of light into carbohydrates--through the process of photosynthesis -- while the lower…

Climate Change to Affect Carbon Storage, Richness in Midwest Soil

[ ] Study: Climate Change will Affect Carbon Storage Levels, Richness in Midwest Soil Researchers from the University of Illinois and collaborating institutions predict that Midwest…

Kinesiology and Community Health

[ ] Men’s Journal (Jan. 10) – Statins are highly effective at lowering LDL cholesterol, important for men with a heightened risk of heart disease, but new research suggests it may…

Biomass Energy

[ ] Science (Jan. 5) – Is wood a green source of energy? “There are four or five different approaches that you can use in order to measure the greenhouse gas implications of forest…

Astrophysics

[ ] Tech Times (New York, Dec. 22) – The dimming of the giant star KIC 8462852 has baffled scientists since 2015. But scientists now propose a new theory, which eliminates the idea…

Carbon Mitigation

[ ] Nanowerk (Honolulu, Dec. 19) – Graphene quantum dots may offer a simple way to recycle waste carbon dioxide into valuable fuel rather than release it into the atmosphere or bury…

Wilfred van der Donk

[ ] Wilfred van der Donk, Heckert Chair in Chemistry (MMG) received the 2017 Repligen Award in the Chemistry of Biological Processes from the Division of Biological Chemistry,…

Metabolomics

[ ] Nature (Dec. 1) – The field of metabolomics (the large-scale study of small molecules) is advancing, thanks to leaps in detection capabilities and increasingly sophisticated ways…

Neil Shubin, host of PBS show Your Inner Fish, speaking at Illinois

[ ] Have you ever wondered why the human body looks the way it does? Why our hands have five fingers instead of six? Why we walk on two legs instead of four? It took more than 350…

Scientists tweak photosynthesis to boost crop yield

[ ] Researchers report in the journal Science that they can increase plant productivity by boosting levels of three proteins involved in photosynthesis. In field trials, the…

Ethanol Production

[ ] Phys.org (Isle of Man, Nov. 23) – New research at the Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory at Illinois could significantly change ethanol production by lowering operating…

Center for Advanced Study

[ ] Amy. J. Wagoner Johnson, Associate Professor, Mechanical Science and Engineering (RBTE) and Iwona Jasiuk, Professor, Mechanical Science and Engineering (RBTE), were named as 2017-…

Local students learn about genes, DNA and more at fifth annual Genome Day

[ ] On Saturday, November 12, over 500 adults and children from the surrounding community gathered at the Orpheum Children’s Science Museum to explore topics in genomics and biology…