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Scientists debunk potential link to crop cold tolerance

[ ] When temperatures drop, the enzyme Rubisco that fuels plant growth and yield gets sluggish. Many crops compensate by producing more Rubisco; however, scientists speculated that…

Global Effort to Sequence All Complex Life on Earth Launches

[ ] The Earth BioGenome Project (EBP), a global effort to sequence the genetic code, or genomes, of all 1.5 million known animal, plant, protozoan and fungal species on Earth,…

May Berenbaum Named PNAS Editor-in-Chief

[ ] University of Illinois entomology professor and department head May Berenbaum, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and longtime editorial contributor to the Proceedings…

Novel quantum dots enhance cell imaging

[ ] A team of researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Mayo Clinic have engineered a new type of molecular probe that can measure and count RNA in cells and…

Illinois study provides whole-system view of plant cold stress

[ ] When temperatures drop, plants can’t bundle up. Stuck outside, exposed, plants instead undergo a series of biochemical changes that protect cells from damage. Scientists have…

Hong-Yan Shih wins 2019 APS GSNP Dissertation Award

[ ] Dr. Hong-Yan Shih, a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Physics and at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign…

Stem cell proliferation controlled directly by nervous system

[ ] Somatic stem cells are microscopic workhorses, constantly regenerating cells throughout the body: skin and the lining of the intestine, for example. And to University of Illinois…

IGB Director Gene Robinson elected to National Academy of Medicine

[ ] Entomology professor and director of the IGB Gene Robinson, an international leader in honey bee research, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine “for pioneering…

Classifying microbes differently leads to discovery  

[ ] Changing the way microbes are classified can reveal similarities among mammals’ gut microbiomes, according to a new study. The study, published in mBio, proposed an alternative…

Success is sweet: researchers unlock the mysteries of the sugarcane genome

[ ] For centuries, sugarcane has supplied human societies with alcohol, biofuel, building and weaving materials, and the world’s most relied-upon source of sugar. Now, researchers…

Damaged liver cells undergo reprogramming to regenerate

[ ] In Greek mythology, Zeus punishes the trickster Prometheus by chaining him to a rock and sending an eagle to eat a portion of his liver every day, in perpetuity. It was the right…

Author David Quammen to speak about new book featuring Carl Woese

[ ] Science writer David Quammen will be at the University of Illinois to speak about his most recent book that features prominently the revolutionary work of microbiologist Carl R.…

Scientists search for coral’s new home

[ ] Coral reefs have long faced problems like overfishing, global warming and pollution — but they’re also threatened by how slow they regenerate. To reproduce, coral release sperm…

Researchers develop microbubble scrubber to destroy dangerous biofilms

[ ] Stiff microbial films often coat medical devices, household items and infrastructure such as the inside of water supply pipes, and can lead to dangerous infections. Researchers…

$5M DOE Grant for Energy Crops Study

[ ] Am Illinois Crop Scientist will lead a team of researchers on a five-year study of new crops that could contribute to the production of affordable, sustainable sources for market-…

Harnessing microbial communities’ division of labor for biofuel, chemical production

[ ] Much like human society, microbial communities have a division of labor. In these complex groups of microorganisms, different microbes are responsible for different tasks, such as…

Kidney stones have distinct geological histories

[ ] A geologist, a microscopist and a doctor walk into a lab and, with their colleagues from across the nation, make a discovery that overturns centuries of thought about the nature…

Unusual biosynthetic pathway offers a key to future natural product discovery

[ ] Bacteria are master engineers of small, biologically useful molecules. A new study in Nature Communications (DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-06083-7) has revealed one of the tricks of…

Workshop seeks common ground in development and behavior research

[ ] A workshop held at the IGB this summer set out to bridge the gap between research in animal development and research in animal behavior. The two-day workshop brought together…

Researchers develop “cytological ruler” to build 3D map of human genome

[ ] It has been almost 20 years since the human genome was first sequenced, but researchers still know little about how the genome is folded up and organized within cells. In a new…