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Team identifies key driver of cancer cell death pathway that activates immune cells

[ ] Scientists have identified a protein that plays a critical role in the action of several emerging cancer therapies. The researchers say the discovery will likely aid efforts to…

Research collaboration turns up the heat in cancer immunotherapy

[ ] The results of a recent canine cancer study by Tim Fan (ACPP/CGD), a professor of veterinary clinical medicine, and former Illinois faculty member Dane Wittrup may have positive…

Soil microbes help plants cope with drought, but not how scientists thought

[ ] There’s a complex world beneath our feet, teeming with diverse and interdependent life. Plants call out with chemical signals in times of stress, summoning microbes that can…

Long receives honorary doctorate from University of Essex

[ ] “I have been lucky enough to receive a few awards throughout my career, but none is more special to me than this.” The founding plant scientist at the University of Essex, Steve…

Three projects chosen for the IGB DEI Awards

[ ] The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology have awarded three projects for their DEI initiatives. Each project was…

IGB Profile: Joseph Fernandez

[ ] Joseph Fernandez is a postdoctoral researcher at the Genomics and Eco-evolution of Multi-Scale Symbioses Institute at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Over the past…

Team develops all-species coronavirus test

[ ] In an advance that will help scientists track coronavirus variants in wild and domesticated animals, researchers report they can now detect exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 virus in any…

New insights into the structural changes associated with osteoarthritis

[ ] Osteoarthritis is the most common degenerative joint disease, affecting 22% of adults over 40 globally. Although the condition has been extensively studied through a medical…

Are honey bees, wild bees still in trouble?

[ ] A new report reveals that U.S. beekeepers lost roughly half of the honey bees they managed last year. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign entomology professor Adam Dolezal (…

Potential breakthrough treatment for cystic fibrosis enters clinical trial

[ ] Clinical testing is underway for a potentially groundbreaking new treatment for cystic fibrosis. Pioneered by scientists at Carle Illinois College of Medicine at the University of…

Pollen Power camp inspires new generation of budding young scientists

[ ] Everyone knows about space camp, but have you heard of plant camp? Pollen Power summer camp, hosted by the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, offers local middle…

Donor Spotlight: Aarush M. Patel Foundation

[ ] In 2018, Mitul Patel and his wife, Aditi Patel, got married and were looking to start a family when they first experienced issues with infertility. Over the course of two years…

New drug delivery method can reverse senescence of stem cells

[ ] As we age, our bodies change and degenerate over time in a process called senescence. Stem cells, which have the unique ability to change into other cell types, also experience…

IGB Profile: Ratna Karatgi

[ ] Investigating mechanisms behind variation in color of killifish Growing up in South India, Ratna Karatgi found herself moving between cities as her dad relocated for work. Though…

Illinois researchers, Native American tribes working together to curate, increase access to oral histories

[ ] Researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign are working with Native American tribes across the country to digitize oral histories and ethnographic materials…

STEAM TRAIN pulls into the station for another successful year

[ ] An engineered bazooka designed to launch candy, a 3D-printed novel board game, an ecological experiment with fish, and a magnetically powered trebuchet. You may guess that these…

Team finds reliable predictor of plant species persistence, coexistence

[ ] Like many ecological scientists, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign plant biology professor James O’Dwyer (CAIM) has spent much of his career searching for ways to measure…

Genomics for Faith kicks off, connecting scientists and faith members in the community

[ ] Scientific and technological advancements, particularly in the area of genomics research, continue to penetrate nearly all areas of society. Yet most of the public do not have…

Honey bee colony aggression linked to gene regulatory networks

[ ] Collective behaviors are present across many different animal groups: schools of fish swimming in a swirling pattern together, large flocks of birds migrating through the night,…

New initiative to improve forensic science practices in Illinois

[ ] The landscape of forensic DNA has shifted in recent years to not only include different types of genetic data, but also expand how DNA can help improve the science and the…