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Researchers Find Cultural Variations Produce Differences in Gut Microbiome

[ ] A recent publication in Cell Reports compared the gut microbiomes of two societies from the same geographical region: a hunter-gatherer society, and a farming society with access…

Illinois group to study brain health as part of NIH BRAIN Initiative

[ ] Martha Gillette, professor of cell and development biology at Illinois, has studied the brain for most of her life. Her current work focuses on improving the lives of those…

Ting Lu

[ ] Ting Lu, Assistant Professor in Bioengineering (Biosystems Design) received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award to further his research…

Cancer and Companion Animals Focus of New IGB Theme

[ ] Despite dramatic advances in diagnostics and treatment, cancer still accounts for nearly 1 in 4 U.S. deaths, as well as over half of disease-related pet mortality. Using…

Bees and Beekeeping Short Course

[ ] Bees and Beekeeping Short Course at the University of Illinois - April 16, 2016 Registration Instructions Please download, complete, and return the Registration Form and Elective/…

Karen Sears

[ ] Karen Sears, Associate Professor of Animal Biology (Regenerative Biology & Tissue Engineering) has won the Lynn Martin Award for Distinguished Women Teachers from the College…

The proof of the plant breeding is in the (digital droplet) PCR

[ ] The first human farmers needed hundreds of years and a lot of good luck to shape the first domesticated crops. Modern plant breeders wait weeks or months, not centuries, to…

JGI Events & Opportunities

[ ] Joint Genome Institute Events and Opportunities Register Now for the 11th Annual JGI User Meeting
Since 2004, JGI has provided free access to its DNA sequencing, analysis,…

Gone fishin’ for natural products, with a new dragnet

[ ] ­Nature contains a treasure trove of substances that could help fight human disease. Just this year, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine honored the development of drugs…

IGB Clean Up

[ ] IGB Clean Up Day March 11, 2016 The IGB will be holding a clean up day on March 11, 2016 to provide you the opportunity to clean out offices, laboratories, storage spaces, and…

Illinois and Syngenta Sign Agreement for Access to RIPE IP

[ ] The University of Illinois (Illinois) and Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC, have signed an agreement to implement a commercialization strategy for intellectual property developed…

NIH Grant Awarded to Study Skin Virus

[ ] Dr. Joanna Shisler, Associate Professor of Microbiology and researcher at the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology and Beckman Institute, and member of the Computing Genomes…

Force triggers gene expression by stretching chromatin

[ ] How genes in our DNA are expressed into traits within a cell is a complicated mystery with many players, the main suspects being chemical. However, a new study by University of…

Highly Cited Researchers

[ ] Stephen Long, Gutgsell Endowed Professor in the departments of crop sciences and plant biology (GEGC), and Donald Ort, Robert Emerson Professor of Plant Biology and Crop Sciences…

Seven Illinois researchers rank among the world’s most influential

[ ] Seven Illinois researchers rank among the world’s most influential Seven University of Illinois researchers have been named to the Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers list…

Using Game Theory to Help Prevent Pregnancy Disorders

[ ] Life is a game. From the moment sperm fertilizes egg, you are either winning or losing. Using game theory--the study of competition and conflict--researchers can quantify the…

Illinois awarded $5M to increase water use efficiency in bioenergy sorghum

[ ] The University of Illinois has been awarded a 3-year, $5 million grant from the DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy as part of its OPEN 2015 funding initiative (ARPA-E…

Can male prairie voles blame promiscuity on poor memory?

[ ] Once male prairie voles have found a mate, what makes some stay at home, while others stray? The latest insight in a canonical scientific saga of genes, brain, social behavior,…

Stephen Long to Speak at Paris Climate Convention

[ ] Agricultural innovation is needed now — not later — to avoid food shortages in a world with an ever-changing climate and a growing population. That’s the message University of…

Rashid Bashir

[ ] Rashid Bashir, Bioengineering Professor and Department Head (Regenerative Biology & Tissue Engineering) was named a Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). Fellow…