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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…

Biologists shed light on how microbes evolve, affect hosts

[ ] The era of COVID-19 and the need to constantly wash one's hands and sanitize things have brought microbes to new levels of scrutiny, particularly for their impact on an individual…

Acid-tolerant yeast model helps guide industrial organic acid production

[ ] Microbes and other microscopic organisms could serve as sustainable “factories” to create many types of industrial materials because they naturally convert nutrients such as…

Lassogen raises $4.5M in seed round to develop novel therapeutics

[ ] Although small molecule drugs and antibodies continue to be the standard for cancer treatment, a new class of therapeutics — lasso peptides — may prove effective, especially for…

30 years of experiments simulate future crop climate response

[ ] Five years ago, the United Nations committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger by 2030. Since then, however, world hunger has continued to rise. Nearly…

Nelson awarded $4.5M to study prevention, treatment of breast cancer

[ ] Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology Erik Nelson (ACPP) has won a $4.5M Era of Hope Scholar Award from the United States Department of Defense (DoD) Breast Cancer…

Illinois study tracks evolution of SARS-CoV-2 virus mutations

[ ] Since COVID-19 began its menacing march across Wuhan, China, in December 2019, and then across the world, the SARS-CoV-2 virus has taken a “whatever works” strategy to ensure its…