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DNAzymes could outperform protein enzymes for genetic engineering

[ ] Move over, gene-editing proteins – there’s a smaller, cheaper, more specific genetic engineering tool on the block: DNAzymes – small DNA molecules that can function like protein…

New health benefits of red seaweeds unveiled

[ ] Red seaweeds have been prevalent in the diets of Asian communities for thousands of years. In a new study, published in Marine Drugs, researchers have shown how these algae confer…

Cholesterol metabolite induces production of cancer-promoting vesicles

[ ] Scientists working to understand the cellular processes linking high cholesterol to breast cancer recurrence and metastasis report that a byproduct of cholesterol metabolism…

Undergraduate students selected as 2021 Woese Research Scholars

[ ] The Carl R. Woese Undergraduate Research Scholar program is designed to inspire students to pursue important scientific questions. This year, Peyton Hopkins and Shreyaa Khanna…

Adapting laboratory techniques for remote instruction

[ ] The COVID-19 pandemic forced instructors to adapt their courses for online learning. Laboratory courses were particularly difficult due to lack of access to specialized equipment…

Male piglets less resilient to stress when moms get sick during pregnancy

[ ] When pigs get hit with significant illnesses during key stages of pregnancy, their immune response may negatively affect developing piglets, making them less productive on the…

New microscope discovery combines AI to detect disease, improve treatment

[ ] A newly developed laser source and microscope are helping researchers better understand and search for biomarkers indicative of cancer and other diseases, offering new promise for…

Microbial gene discovery could mean greater gut health

[ ] As the owner of a human body, you’re carrying trillions of microbes with you everywhere you go. These microscopic organisms aren’t just hitching a ride; many of them perform…

Geology helps map kidney stone formation from tiny to troublesome

[ ] Advanced microscope technology and cutting-edge geological science are giving new perspectives to an old medical mystery: How do kidney stones form, why are some people more…

Novel pathway to support research for targeted treatments of cavities

[ ] Human teeth are home to many different types of bacteria. This diverse oral microbiome ranges from microbes that are benign or even beneficial to those that can do some serious…

Students complete their first STEAM TRAIN journey

[ ] Starting from September 2020, six groups of 38 students from Franklin STEAM Academy in Champaign met every Tuesday afternoon after school to conduct research on important topics.…

Fluorescent light clarifies relationship between heat stress, crop yield

[ ] Scientists report that it is possible to detect and predict heat damage in crops by measuring the fluorescent light signature of plant leaves experiencing heat stress. If…

Portable, affordable, accurate, fast: Team invents new COVID-19 test

[ ] A new coronavirus test can get accurate results from a saliva sample in less than 30 minutes, researchers report in the journal Nature Communications. Many of the components of…

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts Underway at the IGB

[ ] The Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) values equality and respect for every member of its community. Investigators, students and staff from diverse backgrounds…

Investigating the role of Brd4 in diet-induced obesity

[ ] A new study, published in JCI insight, looks at how Brd4, a regulator of the innate immune response, influences diet-induced obesity. The researchers believe that Brd4 could be…

Development of microsatellite markers for censusing of endangered rhinoceros

[ ] Today, the Sumatran rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) is critically endangered, with fewer than 100 individuals surviving in Indonesia on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo. To…

Piecing together the LanCL puzzle

[ ] Researchers from the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology in collaboration with scientists at Oxford University have published a paper in Cell reporting the function of…

Study maps COVID-19 health disparities in Greater Santiago

[ ] People up to age 40 living in economically depressed municipalities in the Greater Santiago, Chile, metropolitan area were three times more likely to die as a result of the…

IGB member elected to National Academy of Sciences

[ ] Wilfred van der Donk (MMG), the Richard E. Heckert Endowed Chair in Chemistry and director of graduate studies in chemistry at Illinois, was elected to the National Academy of…

K-12 Shield Playbook offers guidance for reopening schools

[ ] A new resource is available to help guide teachers and school administrators as they reopen schools amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, assembled by researchers and experts at the…