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Study Uses Computer Learning to Provide QC for Genetic Databases

[ ] DNA doesn’t exist in a vacuum: even though every cell contains the entire genome of its host organism, they know how to differentiate, to become part of an eye, or a bone, or a…

In Memoriam: Dr. Sharon Gray

[ ] Dr. Sharon Gray
1985-2016 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.Sc. Integrative Biology, 2006
Ph.D. Plant Biology, 2013 It is with great sadness that we…

Collaborating to Strengthen the Research Workforce of Tomorrow

[ ] The Knowledge Engine for Genomics (KnowEnG) Center at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) at the University of Illinois is partnering with Fisk University in…

Something new under the Arizona sun: a robotic revolution in plant breeding

[ ] On a bright, hot day this June in Arizona, a vehicle the size of a Golden Retriever, designed and constructed at the University of Illinois, rolls on miniature tank treads between…

Brendan Harley selected for NAE’s Frontiers of Engineering

[ ] Dr. Brendan Harley, an associate professor in chemical and biomolecular engineering, has been selected to participate in the National Academy of Engineering’s 22nd annual U.S.…

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Overtime Rule

[ ] The Department of Labor recently issued changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act effective December 1, 2016 which could entitle Post Doc employees and AP employees whose annual…

Stephen A. Boppart

[ ] Stephen A. Boppart, Abel Bliss Professor of Engineering (Regenerative Biology & Tissue Engineering) will receive the 2016 Technical Achievement Award from the Institute of…

Study finds brain markers of numeric, verbal and spatial reasoning abilities

[ ] A new study begins to clarify how brain structure and chemistry give rise to specific aspects of “fluid intelligence,” the ability to adapt to new situations and solve problems…

IGB Welcomes Two Woese Undergraduate Research Scholars

[ ] Not every student dreams of spending their summer on the beach. Some would rather pursue their passions on campus, spending the long summer days in an air-conditioned lab…

Madhu Khanna

[ ] Madhu Khanna, Professor of Agricultural and Consumer Economics (Energy Biosciences Institute) has been selected at one of five Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (…

HPCBio and NCSA changing genetic medicine in Africa

[ ] HPCBio and NCSA changing genetic medicine in Africa The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) in collaboration with the HPCBio group led by Director of…

Microbiome Metabolic Engineering - New Theme at IGB

[ ] The Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology has formed a new research theme, Microbiome Metabolic Engineering (MME). Led by microbiologist and animal scientist Isaac Cann, the…

"Jumping genes": Real-time transposon activity in living cells

[ ] “Jumping genes” are ubiquitous. Every domain of life hosts these sequences of DNA that can “jump” from one position to another along a chromosome; in fact, nearly half the human…

Future drought will offset benefits of higher CO2 on soybean yields

[ ] An eight-year study of soybeans grown outdoors in a carbon dioxide-rich atmosphere like that expected by 2050 has yielded a new and worrisome finding: Higher atmospheric CO2…

Hyunjoon Kong

[ ] Hyunjoon Kong, Associate Professor and Centennial Scholar in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (Regenerative Biology & Tissue Engineering) has received the 2016 Campus…

Human trials of cancer drug PAC-1 continue with new investment

[ ] Clinical trials of the anti-cancer agent PAC-1 are continuing to expand, thanks to a $7 million angel investment from an anonymous contributor who originally invested $4 million…

Huimin Zhao

[ ] Huimin Zhao, Centennial Endowed Chair Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (Biosystems Design) received the 2016 Charles Thom Award, recognizing exceptional merit in…

Grant helps realize “ultra-productive” biofuel crops, attract investors

[ ] Imagine—instead of acres of oil wells on barren land—endless fields of towering green sugarcane, with each stalk producing renewable and sustainable biofuel. The University of…

Global Biofoundry Consortium embraces grand challenge

[ ] Synthetic biology has emerged from the intersection of engineering and biology, with its emphasis on standardization, modularization and automation. The newly established Global…

Endangered venomous mammal predates dinosaurs’ extinction

[ ] The University of Illinois and University of Puerto Rico have completely sequenced the mitochondrial genome for the Hispaniolan solenodon, filling in the last major branch of…