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Do-it-yourself COVID-19 vaccines fraught with public health problems

[ ] Well-intentioned “citizen scientists” developing homemade COVID-19 vaccines may believe they’re inoculating themselves against the ongoing pandemic, but the practice of self-…

Diversity, equity and inclusion

[ ] Recent events, especially the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and all too many others, have left us outraged. Black Lives Matter protests against racism and…

Most homemade masks doing a great job, study finds

[ ] Studies indicate that homemade masks help combat the spread of viruses like COVID-19 when combined with frequent hand-washing and physical distancing. Many of these studies focus…

Novel phage alters transcriptome of a common human gut microbe

[ ] The human gut is home to a dense and diverse microbial community that represents a vital component of human health, development, and disease states. Within those communities,…

Cholesterol metabolite causes immune system to attack T cells, not breast cancer

[ ] In breast cancer tumors, a molecule produced when the body breaks down cholesterol hijacks the myeloid immune cells that normally arm T cells to fight cancer, a new study in mice…

ARPA-E awards $4.5M to develop commercial carbon credit tools

[ ] The University of Illinois has been awarded $4.5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) through its “Systems for Monitoring…

Cell-autonomous immunity shaped human evolution

[ ] Every human cell harbors its own defenses against microbial invaders, relying on strategies that date back to some of the earliest events in the history of life, researchers…

New IGB Research Theme Aims To Improve Reproductive Health

[ ] Environmental exposures, particularly during pregnancy, can have long-lasting and devastating health impacts and exert long-ranging effects on maternal and child health.…

Collaborative team awarded $12.5 million for new NSF Biology Integration Institute

[ ] The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced a five-year, $12.5 million grant to integrate biology to a collaborative team based in the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic…

Portable, point-of-care COVID-19 test could bypass the lab

[ ] As COVID-19 continues to spread, bottlenecks in supplies and laboratory personnel have led to long waiting times for results in some areas. In a new study, University of Illinois…

Illinois study tracks evolution of SARS-CoV-2 virus mutations

[ ] Since COVID-19 began its menacing march across Wuhan, China, in December 2019, and then across the world, the SARS-CoV-2 virus has taken a “whatever works” strategy to ensure its…

$20M NSF grant, new artificial intelligence institute for molecule synthesis

[ ] A team led by Steven L. Miller Chair professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering Huimin Zhao (BSD leader/CABBI/MMG) was awarded a five-year $20 million grant from the…

Personalizing Cancer Diagnostics

[ ] When assessing whether or not a tumor is benign or cancerous, a needle biopsy is the usual method of diagnosis. The tissue can then be analyzed to determine what mutations are…

Advanced biofuels show real promise for replacing some fossil fuels

[ ] Biofuel and bioenergy systems are integral to scenarios for displacing fossil fuel use and producing negative emissions through carbon capture and storage. But the net greenhouse…

In times of ecological uncertainty, brood parasites hedge their bets

[ ] Some birds lay their eggs in the nests of other bird species and let the host parents raise their young. A new study finds that in times of environmental flux, these brood…

Cowpea research boosts canopy CO2 assimilation, water-use efficiency

[ ] Crops grow dense canopies that consist of several layers of leaves--the upper layers with younger sun leaves and the lower layers with older shaded leaves that may have difficulty…

Illinois Team Tracks COVID ‘Spike’ Protein for 2020 iGEM Competition

[ ] The COVID-19 pandemic created unprecedented challenges for a worldwide competition that brings high school and college students together to tackle big questions in synthetic…

Integration of gene regulatory networks in understanding animal behavior

[ ] For years, scientists have attributed animal behavior to the coordinated activities of neuronal cells and its circuits of neurons, known as the neuronal network (NN). However,…

Donovan to direct new Personalized Nutrition Initiative

[ ] Sharon Donovan, professor and Melissa M. Noel Endowed Chair in Diet and Health at University of Illinois, will assume the role of director of the newly established Personalized…

Intimate partner violence, history of abuse worsen trauma for new moms

[ ] A study assessed the interaction of new and old relationship traumas among women three to 18 months after the birth of their child – one of the most challenging periods of their…