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Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

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Three IGB members elected to National Academy of Sciences

The National Academy of Sciences announced today the election of their 2017 members, including three from the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The academy is the most prestigious scientific society in the U.S., established under a congressional charter signed by Abraham Lincoln in 1863. Including the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Medicine, the NAS provides science, technology and health policy advice to the federal government and other organizations.

New synthetic tumor environments make cancer research more realistic

Tumors are notoriously difficult to study in their natural habitat – body tissues – but a new synthetic tissue environment may give cancer researchers the next-best look at tumor growth and behavior.

University of Illinois researchers have developed a new technique to create a cell habitat of squishy fluids, called hydrogels, which can realistically and quickly recreate microenvironments found across biology.

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