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Dracula ants possess fastest known animal appendage: the snap-jaw

[ ] Move over, trap-jaw ants and mantis shrimp: There’s a faster appendage in town. According to a new study, the Dracula ant, Mystrium camillae, can snap its mandibles at speeds of…

Nobel Laureate Frances Arnold, former student Huimin Zhao celebrate award

[ ] On Monday, December 10, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awards one half of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry to Dr. Frances H. Arnold, Professor of Chemical Engineering,…

New laboratory system allows researchers to probe secret lives of queen bees

[ ] More than a decade after the identification of colony collapse disorder, a phenomenon marked by widespread loss of honey bee colonies, scientists are still working to untangle the…

The distance of microbial competitions shapes their community structures

[ ] Inside the microbial communities that populate our world, microbes are fighting for their lives. These tiny organisms are in the soil, in the oceans, and in the human body.…

Nine Illinois researchers rank among world’s most influential

[ ] Nine faculty members at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been named to the 2018 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list, including four from the IGB.…

Two IGB faculty elected AAAS Fellows

[ ] Four Illinois professors have been elected 2018 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, including two from the IGB. Plant biology professors Andrew…

RIPE project receives additional $13 million

[ ] This week, families across the U.S. will gather around Thanksgiving tables in a traditional celebration of the season’s bounty. By improving how key crops transform sunlight into…

Jumping genes shed light on how advanced life may have emerged

[ ] A previously unappreciated interaction in the genome turns out to have possibly been one of the driving forces in the emergence of advanced life, billions of years ago. This…

Illinois team wins bronze at 2018 iGEM competition

[ ] The Illinois iGEM team won a bronze medal at the 2018 International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition for their work on the relationship between lactic acid…

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…