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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.

It Takes A(n Academic) Village to Determine Enzyme's Function

It Takes A(n Academic) Village to Determine Enzyme's Function

Scientists have sequenced the genomes of nearly 6,900 organisms, but they know the functions of only about half of the protein-coding genes thus far discovered. Now a multidisciplinary effort involving 15 scientists from three institutions has begun chipping away at this mystery – in a big way. Their work to identify the function of one bacterial protein and the biochemical pathway in which it operates will also help identify the functions of hundreds of other proteins.

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