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Goldenfeld co-leads initiative tackling 'last great problem of classical physics'

[ ] The rich complexity of turbulence—with its wide range of length and time scales—poses a major challenge to the development of predictive models based on fluid dynamics. Now, four…

University of Illinois announces Center for Digital Agriculture

[ ] The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has announced the creation of the Center for Digital Agriculture (CDA), a new center that brings together agricultural producers,…

IGB forms external advisory Leadership Council

[ ] The IGB undergoes regular, external review from leaders in academia, industry, and government to assess all aspects of the institute. The External Advisory Board that has…

Study finds rising ozone a hidden threat to corn

[ ] Like atmospheric methane and carbon dioxide, ground-level ozone is on the rise. But ozone, a noxious chemical byproduct of fossil fuel combustion, has received relatively little…

Pineapple genome sequences hint at plant domestication in single step

[ ] As their Latin name indicates, pineapples are truly “excellent fruits”—and thanks to a freshly completed genome sequencing project, researchers have gained a new understanding of…

Fish fathers exhibit signatures of “baby brain” that may aid parental behavior

[ ] Many new parents are familiar with terms like “baby brain” or “mommy brain” that hint at an unavoidable decline in cognitive function associated with the hormonal changes of…

Scientists find ways to improve ‘crop of inequality’ cassava

[ ] Today, as world leaders gather for the UN General Assembly, hundreds of emerging leaders focused on fighting global inequality came together at the Bill & Melinda Gates…

New IGB research theme takes closer look at protection of genomic data

[ ] Genomic technologies have the power to transform individual healthcare for the better. But with that power comes responsibility—the responsibility to protect the privacy of the…

Illinois, NIH host workshop on equity and diversity in genomic data science

[ ] The study of human genomics is inextricably linked to larger societal practices: how well diversity is represented in those who direct and conduct scientific research, how we…

Genome mining reveals novel production pathway for promising malaria treatment

[ ] Microbes are well-known among biologists as master engineers of useful small molecules, and there are many tricks of their trade. When researchers at the University of Illinois…

Earth BioGenome Project builds foundation for 10-year sequencing mission

[ ] The Earth BioGenome Project (EBP) is a confederated network of partner organizations and affiliated projects that have a common goal of sequencing and annotating the genomes of…

Unraveling the stripe order mystery

[ ] One of the greatest mysteries in condensed matter physics is the exact relationship between charge order and superconductivity in cuprate superconductors. In superconductors,…

Indigenous scholars confront the power, limitations of genomics

[ ] They traveled to central Illinois from Manitoba, Mexico City, Nova Scotia and 18 U.S. states, bringing expertise in a variety of fields, including anthropology, biomedical…

Gene and the honey bee

[ ] For anyone trying to tease out how the brain makes sense of the world, the honey bee is a perfect choice of study organism. It’s a social animal, living in a complex society where…

Scientists Partnering With Indigenous Communities for Genomics Research

[ ] Scientists are interested in studying the DNA of Indigenous populations because it can lead to discoveries, such as when their ancestors first arrived on the continent and where…

Summer heats up with a week of science at IGB’s Pollen Power camp

[ ] Do you like a classic summer camp, one that offers new friendships, field trips, treasure hunts, and sweet treats? Or are you looking for the best that a science camp has to offer…

Ethics Center to develop leadership curriculum for HHMI

[ ] For scientific leaders today, it’s not enough to generate rigorous and reproducible research. What sets researchers apart is their ability to lead—building a healthy and inclusive…

For anemonefish, male-to-female sex change happens first in brain

[ ] The anemonefish is a gender-bending marvel. It starts out as a male, but can switch to female when circumstances allow, for example, when the only female present dies or…

Biosynthetic pathway in bacteria a recipe for drug discovery and production

[ ] Microbes are master chefs of the biomolecular world; collectively, they harbor the ability to produce a vast array of unknown substances, some of which may have therapeutic or…

Woese Undergraduate Scholars set for a summer of science

[ ] Two of the most basic motivations that drive scientific research—exploration of the unknown and the desire to solve a pressing problem—are represented by this year’s Carl R. Woese…