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New set of chemical building blocks makes complex 3D molecules in a snap

[ ] A new set of molecular building blocks aims to make complex chemistry as simple and accessible as a toy construction kit. Researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-…

'Molecular Velcro' enables tissues to sense, react to mechanical force

[ ] The Velcro-like cellular proteins that hold cells and tissues together also perform critical functions when they experience increased tension. A new University of Illinois Urbana-…

Bioengineering professors receive $4.8M to develop gene therapy for ALS

[ ] The NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) awarded University of Illinois bioengineering professors Thomas Gaj (BSD) and Pablo Perez-Pinera (ACPP) a…

Acceleration of cancer biomarker detection for point of care diagnostics

[ ] The detection and quantification of cancer-associated molecular biomarkers in body fluids, or liquid biopsies, prove minimally invasive in early cancer diagnostics. Researchers at…

Researchers simulate behavior of living 'minimal cell' in three dimensions

[ ] Scientists report that they have built a living “minimal cell” with a genome stripped down to its barest essentials – and a computer model of the cell that mirrors its behavior.…

CRISPR-Cas13 targets proteins causing ALS, Huntington's disease in mouse nervous system

[ ] A single genetic mutation can have profound consequences, as demonstrated in neurodegenerative diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Huntington’s disease. A new study…

New project aims to sequence all known eukaryotic species

[ ] The Earth BioGenome Project, launched in November 2018, is an ambitious undertaking with the goal of sequencing all the existing, named eukaryotes—about 2 million species of fungi…

New detection technique counts COVID virus particles in saliva, breath

[ ] As health and research institutions continue to rapidly develop new methodologies for detecting SARS-CoV-2, researchers have found themselves at both forefronts of discovery and…

Gene mutation leads to epileptic encephalopathy symptoms, neuron death in mice

[ ] Mice with a genetic mutation that’s been observed in patients with epileptic encephalopathy, a severe form of congenital epilepsy, exhibit not only the seizure, developmental and…

Prenatal exposure to phthalates damages reproductive tissue in female mice

[ ] Phthalates are a ubiquitous family of chemicals that are used every day. In a new study, researchers have investigated how these compounds affect tissue development in the…

Stronger drought resistance of urban vegetation due to higher temperature, CO2 and reduced O3

[ ] Globally, plants are reaping the benefits of elevated CO2 levels in the atmosphere by increasing photosynthesis rates, a phenomenon known as the CO2 fertilization effect. However…

The heat is on: RIPE researchers show ability to future-proof crops

[ ] The world is warming quickly with no indication of slowing down. This could be catastrophic for the production of food crops, particularly in already warm areas. Today, research…

Supporting research on reproductive health through the Director’s Innovation Fund

[ ] The Director’s Innovation Fund was initiated in 2019 by Scott Fisher, an Illinois alumnus. He wanted to honor his late wife Bonita J. Fisher, who was diagnosed with multiple…

New model accurately describes COVID-19 waves and plateaus

[ ] The COVID-19 pandemic has gone on much longer than many predicted in its earliest months. The world has closely watched its progression, with infection rates measured out on…

Atomic structure of antifungal drug confirms unusual mechanism

[ ] Advanced molecular imaging technology has now mapped the structure of a drug widely used to treat fungal infections but whose workings have mystified researchers and physicians…

COVID viral spike protein region senses temperature, drives seasonal mutation patterns

[ ] New analyses from University of Illinois researchers show that, underneath all the variants and waves, COVID-19 has been cycling seasonally across the globe for nearly two years…

Study reveals how bacterial pathogen adapts to nutritional stress

[ ] In order to cause disease, the human pathogen Staphylococcus aureus must adapt to the changing host environment. Many of these adaptations are mediated through two-component…

Chemical pollutants disrupt reproduction in anemonefish, study finds

[ ] Ocean pollution is unfortunately becoming more commonplace, raising concerns over the effect of chemicals that are leaching into the water. In a new study, researchers have…

How do microbes choose from a “menu” of food?

[ ] Microbial communities often contain several species that coexist even though they share similar metabolic abilities. How they do so is unclear. Researchers have now developed a…

Six Illinois scientists rank among world's most influential

[ ] Six faculty members at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have been named to the 2021 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list, including two from IGB. The list…