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Illinois study tracks evolution of SARS-CoV-2 virus mutations

[ ] Since COVID-19 began its menacing march across Wuhan, China, in December 2019, and then across the world, the SARS-CoV-2 virus has taken a “whatever works” strategy to ensure its…

Diversity, equity and inclusion

[ ] Recent events, especially the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and all too many others, have left us outraged. Black Lives Matter protests against racism and…

Congress must clarify limits of gene-editing technologies

[ ] Genome editing of human embryos represents one of the most contentious potential scientific applications today. But what if geneticists could sidestep the controversy by editing…

Octopus-inspired sucker transfers thin, delicate tissue grafts, biosensors

[ ] Thin tissue grafts and flexible electronics have a host of applications for wound healing, regenerative medicine and biosensing. A new device inspired by an octopus’s sucker…

Study on how bacteria obtain essential nutrients in soil, during infection

[ ] Much like humans eat food in order to obtain essential nutrients, bacteria acquire nutrients by importing them. An essential nutrient for life is zinc, which cannot be…

CRISPR-induced immune diversification in host-virus populations

[ ] Just like humans, microbes have equipped themselves with tools to recognize and defend themselves against viral invaders. In a continual evolutionary battle between virus and host…

Exercise and nutrition regimen benefits physical, cognitive health

[ ] Researchers studied the effects of a 12-week exercise regimen on 148 active-duty Air Force airmen, half of whom also received a twice-daily nutrient beverage that included protein…

Genomic study reveals evolutionary secrets of banyan tree

[ ] The banyan fig tree Ficus microcarpa is famous for its aerial roots, which sprout from branches and eventually reach the soil. The tree also has a unique relationship with a wasp…

Cancer compound leads to major licensing deal

[ ] Researchers affiliated with the Cancer Center at Illinois and the IGB discovered a novel small molecule compound that is now the subject of a new global licensing agreement…

Gene expression altered by direction of forces acting on cell

[ ] Tissues and cells in the human body are subjected to a constant push and pull – strained by other cells, blood pressure and fluid flow, to name a few. The type and direction of…

Do-it-yourself COVID-19 vaccines fraught with public health problems

[ ] Well-intentioned “citizen scientists” developing homemade COVID-19 vaccines may believe they’re inoculating themselves against the ongoing pandemic, but the practice of self-…

Most homemade masks doing a great job, study finds

[ ] Studies indicate that homemade masks help combat the spread of viruses like COVID-19 when combined with frequent hand-washing and physical distancing. Many of these studies focus…

Novel phage alters transcriptome of a common human gut microbe

[ ] The human gut is home to a dense and diverse microbial community that represents a vital component of human health, development, and disease states. Within those communities,…

Cholesterol metabolite causes immune system to attack T cells, not breast cancer

[ ] In breast cancer tumors, a molecule produced when the body breaks down cholesterol hijacks the myeloid immune cells that normally arm T cells to fight cancer, a new study in mice…

ARPA-E awards $4.5M to develop commercial carbon credit tools

[ ] The University of Illinois has been awarded $4.5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) through its “Systems for Monitoring…

Cell-autonomous immunity shaped human evolution

[ ] Every human cell harbors its own defenses against microbial invaders, relying on strategies that date back to some of the earliest events in the history of life, researchers…

New IGB Research Theme Aims To Improve Reproductive Health

[ ] Environmental exposures, particularly during pregnancy, can have long-lasting and devastating health impacts and exert long-ranging effects on maternal and child health.…

Collaborative team awarded $12.5 million for new NSF Biology Integration Institute

[ ] The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced a five-year, $12.5 million grant to integrate biology to a collaborative team based in the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic…

Portable, point-of-care COVID-19 test could bypass the lab

[ ] As COVID-19 continues to spread, bottlenecks in supplies and laboratory personnel have led to long waiting times for results in some areas. In a new study, University of Illinois…

Illinois study tracks evolution of SARS-CoV-2 virus mutations

[ ] Since COVID-19 began its menacing march across Wuhan, China, in December 2019, and then across the world, the SARS-CoV-2 virus has taken a “whatever works” strategy to ensure its…