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New IGB Theme Develops Engineered Living Systems with Novel Functionalities

[ ] For years, artificial systems - such as robots and machines - have been used for industrial applications, making a tremendous impact on society. However, steady progress made by…

Faculty Receive Three NSF Rapid Grants For COVID-19 Testing

[ ] Three Nick Holonyak Jr., Micro and Nanotechnology Lab (HMNTL) and IGB faculty members have received NSF Rapid Response Research (RAPID) program grants, all of which aim to shorten…

Nanostimulators boost stem cells for muscle repair

[ ] In regenerative medicine, an ideal treatment for patients whose muscles are damaged from lack of oxygen would be to invigorate them with an injection of their own stem cells. In a…

Thank you to our VTM team

[ ] The IGB has been proud to help support the efforts to make COVID-19 testing more broadly available to those in need. Our recent efforts to create Viral Transport Medium (VTM) in…

Spinal cord gives bio-bots walking rhythm

[ ] Miniature biological robots are making greater strides than ever, thanks to the spinal cord directing their steps. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers developed…

Virus-infected honey bees more likely to gain entrance to healthy hives

[ ] Honey bees that guard hive entrances are twice as likely to allow in trespassers from other hives if the intruders are infected with the Israeli acute paralysis virus, a deadly…

Lisa Ainsworth of USDA-ARS elected to NAS

[ ] Lisa Ainsworth (CABBI/GEGC), a research plant physiologist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service and adjunct professor of plant biology and crop sciences at the University…

Inexpensive, portable detector identifies pathogens in minutes

[ ] Most viral test kits rely on labor- and time-intensive laboratory preparation and analysis techniques; for example, tests for the novel coronavirus can take days to detect the…

Pigs push forward quick solution for emergency ventilators

[ ] When Matt Wheeler (RBTE) got the call on a Sunday morning in March – just two days after Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued his first stay-at-home order – he wasn’t expecting to launch an…

U of I partners with Carle Health and State to increase COVID-19 testing

[ ] Back in early March, when the COVID-19 pandemic began shuttering businesses and schools across the United States, Chris Brooke wondered how he’d teach his classes online. As the…

Alison Bell to Assume Leadership of IGB Research Theme

[ ] Professor of Evolution, Ecology and Behavior Alison Bell will be assuming leadership of the Gene Networks in Neural & Developmental Plasticity (GNDP) research theme at the IGB…

Lisa Stubbs Departs the University of Illinois

[ ] Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Lisa Stubbs, a pioneer in mammalian regulatory machinery, will be departing the IGB after serving for eight years as theme leader of…

Physical force alone spurs gene expression

[ ] Cells will ramp up gene expression in response to physical forces alone, a new study finds. Gene activation, the first step of protein production, starts less than one millisecond…

Triple-Threat Genetic Toolkit for Producing Eco-Friendly Chemicals

[ ] Researchers have developed a triad of innovative tools to engineer low-pH-tolerant yeast Issatchenkia orientalis for production of valuable bioproducts from renewable biomass. A…

Computational human cell reveals new insights

[ ] Researchers have developed the first computational model of a human cell and simulated its behavior for 15 minutes – the longest time achieved for a biological system of this…

Bacterial protein fragment kills lung cells in pulmonary fibrosis

[ ] A bacterial protein fragment instigates lung tissue death in pulmonary fibrosis, a mysterious disease affecting millions of people worldwide, according to a new study from…

COVID-19 Concerns

[ ] Updated June 3, 2020 IGB COVID-19 Documents IGB Re-opening Plan COVID-19 Campus Safety Training (mandatory) Core Facilities Re-opening Plan CNRG Re-Opening Plan All Plans (one…

Technology to screen for higher-yielding crop traits now more accessible

[ ] Like many industries, big data is driving innovations in agriculture. Scientists seek to analyze thousands of plants to pinpoint genetic tweaks that can boost crop production—…

Advancing the frontier of aquatic symbiosis research

[ ] The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has awarded grants to support the work of fifteen scientists as part of the Symbiosis in Aquatic Systems Initiative investigator program.…

SynFoNI: Strengthening synthetic biology in food, nutraceutical production

[ ] Over the years, the democratization of synthetic biology for the production of food has led to products like the Impossible burger, a burger impostor that uses plant tissues…