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Gut bacteria help digest dietary fiber, release important antioxidant

[ ] Dietary fiber found in grains is a large component of many diets, but little is understood about how we digest the fiber, as humans lack enzymes to break down the complex…

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…

What happens when the coronavirus mutates?

[ ] Mutations in the coronavirus that have become widespread so far are unlikely to create resistance to the vaccines developed, but may require new tests for detection, says Illinois…

Flag leaves could help top off photosynthetic performance in rice

[ ] The flag leaf is the last to emerge, indicating the transition from crop growth to grain production. Photosynthesis in this leaf provides the majority of the carbohydrates needed…

Model predicts where ticks, Lyme disease will appear next in Midwest

[ ] By drawing from decades of studies, scientists created a timeline marking the arrival of black-legged ticks, also known as deer ticks, in hundreds of counties across 10 Midwestern…

Brain gene expression patterns predict behavior of individual honey bees

[ ] An unusual study that involved bar coding and tracking the behavior of thousands of individual honey bees in six queenless bee hives and analyzing gene expression in their brains…

Light signal emitted during photosynthesis used to quickly screen crops

[ ] An international effort called Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency (RIPE) aims to transform crops' ability to turn sunlight and carbon dioxide into higher yields. To…

Antifungal drug improves key cystic fibrosis biomarkers in clinical study

[ ] A drug widely used to treat fungal infections improved key biomarkers in lung tissue cultures as well as in the noses of patients with cystic fibrosis, a clinical study by…

Gene biomarkers indicate liver toxicity quickly and accurately

[ ] When agrochemical and pharmaceutical companies develop new products, they must test extensively for potential toxicity before obtaining regulatory approval. This testing usually…

Study tracks elephant tusks from 16th century shipwreck

[ ] In 1533, the Bom Jesus – a Portuguese trading vessel carrying 40 tons of cargo including gold, silver, copper and more than 100 elephant tusks – sank off the coast of Africa near…

Chancellor, Provost offer reflections on 1 million COVID-19 tests

[ ] It sometimes seems a million doesn’t command quite the same attention that it used to. It isn’t mathematically special. And in today’s society, it isn’t even unusually large. We…

Initiative offers COVID-19 testing, explores virus transmission's social factors

[ ] An interdisciplinary team of Illinois scientists is working with clinicians and community researchers to expand access to COVID-19 testing by providing pop-up testing clinics for…

STEAM TRAIN: Middle Schoolers Perform Student-Driven Research

[ ] Every Tuesday afternoon after school, six groups of around 24 excited Franklin STEAM Academy students hang around online a bit longer to conduct independent research on topics of…

Supporting new research areas through seed funds

[ ] From the beginning, Kim and Robert Benziger shared a desire to spread positivity and to give back to the community so that others would have the same opportunities. In line with…

Unexpected similarity between honey bee and human social life

[ ] Bees and humans are about as different organisms as one can imagine. Yet despite their many differences, surprising similarities in the ways that they interact socially have begun…

Two IGB faculty members elected AAAS Fellows

[ ] Six faculty members at Illinois, including two from IGB, have been elected 2020 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Evolution, ecology and behavior…

Three Illinois scientists rank among world's most influential

[ ] Three faculty members at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been named to the 2020 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list, including two from IGB. From…

Cassava may benefit from atmospheric change more than other crops

[ ] Carbon dioxide fuels photosynthesis, the process by which plants generate their food in the form of carbohydrates. The atmosphere's carbon dioxide levels are rapidly increasing,…

$87M grant will help advance bioindustrial manufacturing

[ ] An $87 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense matched by more than $187 million in non-federal cost-share will fund collaborative efforts by a team of private and…

Labor, Health, Equity, Action Project (LHEAP)

[ ] The Labor, Health, Equity, Action Project (LHEAP) is a team of interdisciplinary researchers from across University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, coalescing in the Infection…