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Researchers show potential for improved water-use efficiency in field-grown plants

[ ] Water deficit is currently one of the most significant limiting factors for global agricultural productivity, a factor further exacerbated by global climate change according to a…

Immunotherapy Trials Show Promise for Treating Canine Melanoma

[ ] Dr. Timothy Fan (ACPP), veterinary oncologist and professor at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and a Program Leader for the Cancer Center at Illinois, is…

Understanding cooperation and conflict in plant symbionts

[ ] The traditional idea of symbiosis—long-term interactions between two organisms—is that the participants mutually benefit each other. However, researchers have debated whether the…

Scientists improve BRAF inhibitor for better blood-brain barrier penetration

[ ] Cancers that begin in the brain, or start elsewhere in the body and spread to it, are notoriously difficult to treat. Illinois researchers in the Cancer Center at Illinois labs…

In survey, COVID-19 vaccine recipients report changes in menstrual bleeding

[ ] A new analysis of reports from more than 35,000 people offers the most comprehensive assessment so far of menstrual changes experienced by pre- and post-menopausal individuals in…

New smartphone clip-on can detect Zika virus in blood samples

[ ] As seen with the COVID-19 pandemic, detection methods that are rapid, simple, accurate, and sensitive are vital for detecting viral pathogens and for controlling the spread of…

Tree fern genome provides insights into its evolution

[ ] Land plants evolved 470 million years ago from algae and have since reshaped our world. Throughout their evolution, ferns have undergone a series of changes that have helped them…

15 Years of IGB: Using biology to solve energy problems

[ ] Over the past few decades, it has become increasingly obvious that fossil fuels, such as coal, oil, and gas, are the biggest contributors to global climate change, accounting for…

New Tool to Identify Genes Associated with Coronavirus

[ ] Even though it’s been more than two years and much has changed about the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers like Illinois Computer Science professor Mohammed El-Kebir (IGOH) continue…

New Miniflux microscope improves molecule tracking in live cells

[ ] Over the past century, our understanding of cells—the basic building blocks of living organisms—has progressed largely due to microscopes. The invention of fluorescence microscopy…

Madhu Khanna Named Director of iSEE

[ ] Professor of Agricultural and Consumer Economics Madhu Khanna (CABBI) has been named the Alvin H. Baum Family Chair and Director of the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and…

Huimin Zhao receives 2022 AIChE Award

[ ] Chemical and biomolecular engineering professor Huimin Zhao (BSD/GSE/CABBI/MMG/CGD) has received the 2022 Food, Pharmaceutical and Bioengineering Division Award in Chemical…

Illinois General Assembly recognizes IGB’s 15th anniversary

[ ] On February 25th 2022, the Illinois General Assembly adopted House Resolution 0690, commending the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology on its 15th year of societal,…

Huimin Zhao to lead ACS Synthetic Biology as editor in chief

[ ] The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) has appointed University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign chemical and biomolecular engineering professor Huimin Zhao…

Small molecule transports iron in mice, human cells to treat anemia

[ ] A natural small molecule derived from a cypress tree can transport iron in live mice and human cells lacking the protein that normally does the job, easing a buildup of iron in…

Remembering Professor Gabriel Popescu

[ ] Gabriel Popescu (M-CELS), the William L. Everitt Distinguished Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, died on June 16, 2022, while visiting his hometown Prundu, Romania…

New study investigates the microbiomes of dogs across the world

[ ] Although the microbiome—the collection of all microbes that live in the body—in the fecal matter of dogs has been investigated extensively, those studies have mostly been limited…

SHIELD program a model for effective pandemic management, data show

[ ] In the fall of 2020, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign welcomed students back for in-person instruction amid the powerful first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The…

Bioengineering team develops a remote lab to teach enzyme kinetics

[ ] The COVID-19 pandemic forced teachers across the globe to embrace remote learning. Although adapting existing materials was relatively easy for lecture-based courses that revolved…

15 Years of IGB: Welcoming increased representation through DEI efforts

[ ] Scientific pursuits often require examining a problem from different angles in order to gain a complete understanding. Such an undertaking often requires multiple researchers,…