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In pig brain development, nature beats nurture

[ ] Before humans can benefit from new drug therapies and nutritional additives, scientists test their safety and efficacy in animals, typically mice and rats. But, as much as they’ve…

COVID-19 peaks reflect time-dependent social activity, not herd immunity

[ ] Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) have developed a new mathematical model…

Ozone pollution harms maize crops, study finds

[ ] Although stratospheric ozone protects us by filtering out the sun’s ultraviolet radiation, tropospheric ozone is a harmful pollutant. A new study has shown that ozone in the lower…

Applications open for Kleinmuntz Center Young Innovator Program

[ ] A new collaboration between the Catherine and Don Kleinmuntz Center for Genomics in Business and Society and the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology has enabled the…

New grant awarded to study genomic privacy attitudes

[ ] The concept of genomic privacy has recently become important due to the rise of sequencing services, which can inform people about their ancestry or genetic predispositions to…

New computational models to understand colon cancer

[ ] Although the development of secondary cancerous growths, called metastasis, is the primary cause of death in most cancers, the cellular changes that drive it are poorly understood…

Fast-acting, color-changing molecular probe senses when material about to fail

[ ] Materials that contain special polymer molecules may someday be able to warn us when they are about to fail, researchers said. Engineers at the University of Illinois Urbana-…

SHIELD Illinois and SHIELD CU expand innovative COVID-19 saliva-based testing

[ ] SHIELD Illinois and SHIELD CU expand innovative COVID-19 saliva-based testing to underserved K-12 schools in Illinois through a $1.4 million grant from The Rockefeller Foundation…

Vaccine study now open for student enrollment

[ ] Students at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign who have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19 can enroll in a study to help understand the effectiveness of vaccines in…

Researchers hunt for drugs that keep HIV latent

[ ] When the human immunodeficiency virus infects cells, it can either exploit the cells to start making more copies of itself or remain dormant—a phenomenon called latency. Keeping…

Microscope that detects individual viruses could power rapid diagnostics

[ ] A fast, low-cost technique to see and count viruses or proteins from a sample in real time, without any chemicals or dyes, could underpin a new class of devices for rapid…

Kleinmuntz Center Proof-of-Concept Program Now Open

[ ] The Catherine and Don Kleinmuntz Center for Genomics in Business and Society (Kleinmuntz Center) is excited to continue to support innovation and commercialization taking place…

Not just CO2: Rising temps also alter photosynthesis in a changing climate

[ ] Agricultural scientists who study climate change often focus on how increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide levels will affect crop yields. But rising temperatures are likely to…

Improved ag tech could help food security, climate change emergencies

[ ] Scientists have proposed a range of technological options for sustainable, productive and resilient agriculture, providing multiple ways to remove CO2 from the atmosphere and…

'Hunker down' stress genes boosted in women in violent neighborhoods

[ ] The chronic stress of living in neighborhoods with high rates of violence and poverty alters gene activity in immune cells, according to a new study of low-income single Black…

Leading New Directions in Cancer Research: The Unanswered Black Box

[ ] Hyunjoon Kong (M-CELS leader/EIRH/RBTE), Robert W. Schafer professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, approaches cancer research from a perspective that integrates cell…

Deciphering the impacts of small RNA interactions in individual bacterial cells

[ ] Bacteria employ many different strategies to regulate gene expression in response to fluctuating, often stressful, conditions in their environments. One type of regulation…

Unveiling the cause of onion center rot

[ ] Since 1983, the bacteria Pantoea ananatis has been known to infect several important crops including onions, rice, and corn. It was unclear, however, what molecules were involved…

Predicting microbial interactions in the human gut

[ ] The human gut consists of a complex community of microbes that consume and secrete hundreds of small molecules—a phenomenon called cross-feeding. However, it is challenging to…

Division of labor within regenerating liver maintains metabolism, mouse study finds

[ ] The liver has a rare superpower among body organs – the ability to regenerate, even if 70% of its mass is removed. It also keeps up its metabolic and toxin-removing work during…