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Probe can measure both cell stiffness and traction, researchers report

[ ] Scientists have developed a tiny mechanical probe that can measure the inherent stiffness of cells and tissues as well as the internal forces the cells generate and exert on one…

Teaching generations of students about outbreaks – with art

[ ] by Jessica Brinkworth (GNDP/IGOH), Anthropology Professor Most people don’t visit the health department to view student art, but here we are, in the busy main hall of the…

$9.5M award to study emerging pathogens, better understand influenza-antibody interactions

[ ] Aquatic birds, especially ducks, can carry influenza viruses but they don’t often become severely ill, leading scientists to wonder how their immune systems act as a reservoir for…

IGB Profile: Victoria Kramer

[ ] Victoria Kramer is a Field and Greenhouse Technician at the RIPE High-Throughput Phenotyping Facility where she helps with the day-to-day upkeep of the plants. If you walked into…

CA's proposal to manufacture insulin could curb prices, improve public health

[ ] A new paper co-written by a University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign legal scholar argues that the state of California’s proposal to manufacture and distribute insulin at cost…

Microelectronics give researchers a remote control for biological robots

[ ] First, they walked. Then, they saw the light. Now, miniature biological robots have gained a new trick: remote control. The hybrid “eBiobots” are the first to combine soft…

Team streamlines DNA collection, analysis for elephant conservation

[ ] A new DNA-collection approach allows scientists to capture genetic information from elephants without disturbing the animals or putting their own safety in jeopardy. The protocol…

How do methanotrophs handle the toxic effects of hydrogen sulfide?

[ ] Methanotrophs—organisms that grow by consuming methane—seem to be perfect for alleviating global warming, since methane accounts for about 30% of this effect. However, drilling…

New role of small RNAs in Salmonella infections uncovered

[ ] Salmonella are food-borne pathogens that infect millions of people a year. To do so, these bacteria depend on a complex network of genes and gene products that allow them to sense…

Researchers design educational course for Illinois practitioners to address lack of knowledge on tick-borne diseases

[ ] Anyone who enjoys taking walks through the woods or grassy fields when the weather is warm knows that checking for ticks afterward is a must. Ticks can spread numerous diseases to…

First test of anti-cancer agent PAC-1 in human clinical trials shows promise

[ ] A phase I clinical trial of PAC-1, a drug that spurs programmed cell death in cancer cells, found only minor side effects in patients with end-stage cancers. The drug stalled the…

Bill & Melinda Gates Agricultural Innovations extends RIPE funding with $34M grant

[ ] Bill & Melinda Gates Agricultural Innovations has awarded a grant of $34 million to the Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency project, an international research effort…

New journalism master’s degree track focusing on science and technology receives campus funding

[ ] With a significant need for professionals to communicate science, discoveries, and innovations to the general public, a flexible hybrid/online program—with a focus on science and…

15 Years of IGB: Integrating Science and Society through Outreach

[ ] Since the inception of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, its slogan has been “where science meets society.” This highlights the institute’s deep commitment both…

Network neuroscience theory best predictor of intelligence

[ ] Scientists have labored for decades to understand how brain structure and functional connectivity drive intelligence. A new analysis offers the clearest picture yet of how various…

Research to boost astronaut fitness on NASA’s mission to Mars

[ ] Exercise looks a little different en route to the Red Planet, so Professor Marni Boppart (RBTE) got creative. Boppart and her colleagues received $1 million from the Translational…

Biomarker 2022 now available

[ ] The 16th volume of the Biomarker is now available online at (https://www.igb.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/uploads/Biomarker2022…), and across the Carl R. Woese Institute for…

CAIM working group

[ ] The IGB Center for Artificial Intelligence and Modeling (CAIM) is organizing a monthly working group to facilitate the matching of biological problems to quantitative methods. A…

Spatial Omics Initiative working group

[ ] The IGB Computational Genomics would like to announce the Spatial Omics Initiative, to bring together researchers from different disciplines across the University of Illinois to…

Anthony Digrado and Jessica Brinkworth to feature on Story Collider Podcast “Flora”

[ ] Science storytelling organization The Story Collider develops “true, personal stories about science” as part of their mission to reveal the vibrant role that science plays in all…