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NYT Columnist and Author Carl Zimmer to Speak on New Book

[ ] New York Times columnist and renowned author Carl Zimmer will be giving a lecture on his newest book, titled She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of…

Illinois teams with Anheuser-Busch for bee research

[ ] There’s plenty of sweet irony in a new partnership between Illinois and St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch, LLC, that will raise money for bee research at the university. Anheuser-…

Ainsworth to receive 2019 NAS Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences

[ ] Elizabeth Ainsworth, USDA Agricultural Research Service, also an adjunct professor at Illinois and a member of the IGB Genomic Ecology of Global Change research theme, will…

Study of archaeal cells could teach us more about ourselves

[ ] Forty-two years after Carl Woese defined archaea as the third domain of life, scientists at the IGB are still learning about these ancient organisms in ways that could help us…

Rising temperatures may safeguard crop nutrition as climate changes

[ ] Recent research has shown that rising carbon dioxide levels will likely boost yields, but at the cost of nutrition. A new study in Plant Journal from the University of Illinois, U…

Researchers study bacterial immunity to understand infectious disease

[ ] Patients with cystic fibrosis are often infected by pseudomonas aeruginosa, a bacterium that infects the lungs and prevents breathing, often causing death. P. aeruginosa itself…

Scientists engineer shortcut for photosynthetic glitch, boost crop growth 40%

[ ] Plants convert sunlight into energy through photosynthesis; however, most crops on the planet are plagued by a photosynthetic glitch, and to deal with it, evolved an energy-…

Unmuting large silent genes produces new molecules, potential drugs

[ ] By enticing away the repressors dampening unexpressed, silent genes in Streptomyces bacteria, researchers at the University of Illinois have unlocked several large gene clusters…

Cell size and cell-cycle states play key decision-making role in HIV

[ ] Thanks to the development of antiretroviral drugs, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is considered a manageable chronic disease today. However, if left undiagnosed or untreated,…

Study links nutrient patterns in blood to better brain connectivity, cognition

[ ] A new study links higher levels of several key nutrients in the blood with more efficient brain connectivity and performance on cognitive tests in older adults. The study,…

New approach helps geneticists identify genes responsible for complex traits

[ ] In biomedical research, plant breeding, and countless other endeavors, geneticists are on the hunt for the specific genes responsible for disease susceptibility, yield, and other…

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…