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Cassava breeding hasn’t improved photosynthesis or yield potential

[ ] Cassava is a staple in the diet of more than one billion people across 105 countries, yet this “orphaned crop” has received little attention compared to popular crops like corn…

CRISPR tech ‘knocks out’ yeast genes with single-point precision

[ ] The CRISPR-Cas9 system has given researchers the power to precisely edit selected genes. Now, researchers have used it to develop a technology that can target any gene in the…

Walnuts impact gut microbiome and improve health

[ ] Diets rich in nuts, such as walnuts, have been shown to play a role in heart health and in reducing colorectal cancer. According to a new study from the University of Illinois,…

Ruby Mendenhall new Assistant Deanship, Carle Illinois College of Medicine

[ ] Ruby Mendenhall has been named the assistant dean for diversity and democratization of health innovation at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. Mendenhall is also an associate…

Respect Indigenous ancestors: Scholars urge community engagement

[ ] A new article in the journal Science provides guidance for those intending to study ancient human remains in the Americas. The paper, written by Indigenous scholars and scientists…

Protect forest elephants to conserve ecosystems, not DNA

[ ] Although it is erroneously treated as a subspecies, the dwindling African forest elephant is a genetically distinct species. New University of Illinois research has found that…

Earth BioGenome Project aims to sequence genomes of 1.5M species

[ ] An international consortium of scientists is proposing a massive project to sequence, catalog and analyze the genomes of all known eukaryotic species on the planet, an undertaking…

Registration Open - IGB Fellows Symposium, May 3, 2018

[ ] Learn about IGB research, hear about current issues in the life sciences, and connect with other students on campus at the annual Fellows Symposium. This full-day event, sponsored…

Humans are Sumatran rhinoceros’ biggest threat—and last hope

[ ] The little-known and smallest member of the rhinoceros family, the Sumatran rhinoceros, is critically endangered. Today between 30 and 100 are isolated on the islands of Sumatra…

New NIH-funded research aims to improve prostate cancer outcomes

[ ] University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers recently received a $1.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop a new assay technology that…

Study yields million-plus new compounds, pharmaceutical potential

[ ] Researchers say they can now produce a vast library of unique cyclic compounds, some with the capacity to interrupt specific protein-protein interactions that play a role in…

Scientists engineer crops to conserve water, resist drought

[ ] Agriculture already monopolizes 90 percent of global freshwater—yet production still needs to dramatically increase to feed and fuel this century’s growing population. For the…

Students develop wireless monitoring system for beehives

[ ] Beekeepers face challenges when they monitor the health of their honeybee colonies, and winter poses increased risk because opening a hive in cooler temperatures to collect data…

CABBI Celebrates Official Launch with Talks, Tours, Science Meeting

[ ] The Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI) officially launched as a new U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Research Center with a celebration on Feb. 1…

Scientists monitor crop photosynthesis, performance using invisible light

[ ] Twelve-foot metal poles with long outstretched arms dot a Midwestern soybean field to monitor an invisible array of light emitted by crops. This light can reveal the plants’…

DOE grants $10.6 million to produce more biodiesel, biojet fuel

[ ] The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded the University of Illinois a $10.6 million, five-year grant to transform two of the most productive crops in America into sustainable…

Researchers use economic concept to understand microbial communities

[ ] A popular economic concept is helping IGB researchers understand how microbial communities operate. Microbial communities are in our bodies, in the soil, in forests and oceans,…

Omics Nanotechnology for Cancer Precision Medicine

[ ] MNTL & IGB Team Up to Develop Use-at-Home Sample Collection Assay for Cancer Patients Courtesy of Micro & Nanotechnology Laboratory. Have you every wondered how ground-…

IGB Director Awarded 2018 Wolf Prize in Agriculture

[ ] IGB Director Gene Robinson has been awarded the 2018 Wolf Prize in Agriculture for “leading the genomics revolution in the organismal and population biology of the honey bee.”…

Reach out and feed someone: Automated system finds rapid honey bee networks

[ ] “Only connect”—E. M. Forster’s pithy quotation captures an essential feature of any society, human or animal: the patterns of interactions among individuals out of which…