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Researchers propose new structures to harvest untapped source of fresh water

[ ] An almost limitless supply of fresh water exists in the form of water vapor above Earth’s oceans, yet remains untapped, researchers said. A new study from the University of…

Experts boost activity of potential therapeutic target in triple-negative breast cancer

[ ] Less than 20% of diagnosed breast cancers are designated “triple-negative,” meaning that the affected tissues lack three types of receptors often found in other breast cancer…

Researchers determine genetic variants offered protection during Black Death, associated with current autoimmune disorders

[ ] Infectious diseases are some of the strongest selective pressures in human evolution, selecting for genetic variants that increase resistance to infection. In the face of a…

Researchers investigate neuron differentiation in fruit fly brains

[ ] The brains of all higher order animals are filled with a diverse array of neuron types, with specific shapes and functions. Yet, when these brains form during embryonic…

Organizing nanoparticles into pinwheel shapes offers new twist on engineered materials

[ ] Researchers have developed a new strategy to help build materials with unique optical, magnetic, electronic and catalytic properties. These pinwheel-shaped structures self-…

Understanding the differences between healthy and type 2 diabetes-affected pancreatic islets

[ ] Pancreatic islets are mini-organs that make and release insulin and several other peptide hormones to control our glucose levels. Although various studies have previously looked…

New IGB center uses Indigenous Science frameworks for equitable and inclusive research

[ ] The Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology is excited to announce the new Center for Indigenous Science, which aims to create a place for cutting edge research and training…

Heng Ji and Brendan Harley to feature on Story Collider Podcast “Unlikely Paths”

[ ] 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…

Cluster hires facilitate long-term institutional success

[ ] In light of long-standing inequities in STEM representation, many universities are now recognizing the value of diversity in higher education. Achieving such diversity involves…

Nine Illinois scientists rank among world's most influential, four from IGB

[ ] Nine researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have been named to the 2022 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list, with four from the IGB. The list…

15 Years of IGB: Collaborative initiatives at the forefront of science

[ ] One of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology’s main goals is fostering partnerships between departments across campus to encourage more trans-disciplinary research.…

Developing alginate hydrogels that can support cell growth

[ ] Encapsulating cells—both prokaryotic and eukaryotic—allows researchers to carry out experiments in hydrated environments over prolonged periods of time. However, cell growth under…

New Minflux microscope improves molecule tracking in live cells

[ ] Over the past century, our understanding of cells—the basic building blocks of living organisms—has progressed largely due to microscopes. The invention of fluorescence microscopy…

Students host Owl Night outreach event for second year, and it’s a real hoot!

[ ] Students at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign once again hosted “Owl Night,” a public outreach event where people of all ages can learn about owl behavior and ecology,…

Honey bees prosper with quality, not quantity, of food in novel laboratory setup

[ ] Honey bee workers collect pollen and nectar from a variety of flowering plants to use as a food source. Honey bees typically forage from up to 1-2 miles away from the hive, though…

CABBI Team Adds Powerful New Dimension to Phenotyping Next-Gen Bioenergy Crop

[ ] Miscanthus is one of the most promising perennial crops for bioenergy production since it is able to produce high yields with a small environmental footprint. This versatile grass…

AI, molecule machine join forces to generalize automated chemistry

[ ] Artificial intelligence, “building-block” chemistry and a molecule-making machine teamed up to find the best general reaction conditions for synthesizing chemicals important to…

Fostering dialogue between scientists and faith communities

[ ] There are several daunting challenges that our society has to collectively face in the coming decades, including climate change, food insecurity, and the spread of infectious…

IGB Gene Drive aims to broaden science accessibility

[ ] Advances in genomic studies have now permeated all aspects of our lives from agriculture to health and wellness. It is therefore becoming increasingly important to help the…

Collaborative team at IGB discovers new natural products at unprecedented speed

[ ] Many of the drugs we utilize in modern medicine are naturally produced by microbes. Penicillin, an antibiotic derived from certain molds, is one of the most notable natural…